Bill Bootz, lead sports designer for the Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, has been named assistant managing editor for design at the Villages Daily Sun in Florida.

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Bill tells us:

I am just humbled by this whole deal. Getting a chance to work under Bonita Burton is a career high for me, and I can’t wait to get to work with Thomas Marcetti, the ME for design and graphics. Publisher Phil Markward, as well as Bo, Thomas and all the good folks at The Villages Daily Sun, really made this deal. My visits with them were easy like Sunday morning, they made me feel at ease from the moment I first arrived. And to work for a growth company in this era of newspapers (current circulation 60K) is hard to turn down.

It’s an honor, and I am excited to put my experience in design and teaching to work for them.

It’s always hard to pull up roots, and to leave a place I have been at for so long. But this deal is a chance not only to elevate myself, but my wife also. She’s a wound care nurse, and opportunities for her in The Villages have already come easy for her. And my kids get to go to an elite charter school system in The Villages, so they are elevated, also.

I’m really, really looking forward to this!

Bill’s last day at the Oklahoman will be July 26. He hopes to start in Florida on Aug. 5.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, Bill spent three years as a sports copy editor for the Oklahoman and then three more years as sports news editor. He was promoted to presentation editor in 2003.

In 2007, he became assistant managing editor for presentation of the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa, but family matters brought him back to Oklahoma City the next year.

A few samples of his work:

   

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Find Bill’s portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

I wrote about him most recently here.

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