UI's Mims set to retire in June

Iowa City Press-Citizen

Long-time University of Iowa athletics official and former UI student athlete Fred Mims is scheduled to retire June 30, the UI Athletics Department announced Wednesday.

"Fred's unique perspective as a student-athlete and a long-time administrative leader served him well as he mentored and worked with thousands of Hawkeye students over nearly 40 years," UI Athletics Director Gary Barta said in a UI news release. "He helped shape a culture at Iowa committed to providing young people a great experience athletically and academically."

In the early 1970s, Mims was a letter-winner in both basketball and baseball at UI. He played baseball professionally for Major League Baseball's Houston Astros from 1972 to 1975.

Mims returned to UI in 1977 and served in various coaching and counseling capacities until until 1981, when he became a full-time administrator in charge of establishing UI's first Office of Athletics Student Services.

Mims currently serves a dual role as member of the senior athletics staff and as director of UI's Office of the Center for Diversity and Enrichment.

UI officials are scheduling two events events in honor of Mims' 38 years of service to the university. Details will be announced at a later date.