Dr. Lloyd Mims was appointed dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts in July 2000. Prior to that time, he served as professor (since 1984) and dean (since 1993) of the School of Church Music and Worship at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He did postdoctoral studies in voice and literature at The Juilliard School and the America-Italy Society. In addition, he was a fellow with the Bach Aria Institute in Stony Brook, N.Y., and the American Symphony Orchestra League Conducting Workshop in Houston.
His professional performances include roles with Kentucky Opera, Mobile Opera, The Louisville Orchestra, and the Asuncion National Philharmonic in Paraguay. For twenty years he was the conductor of the Seminary Orchestra in Louisville, Kentucky and has conducted a wide range of opera and symphonic works; he presently is the conductor of the PBA Symphony. Dr. Mims is a member of and served a four-year term as Kentucky Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is currently serving a four-year term as Regional Governor of the Southeast Region (AL, FL, GA). He also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Conductors Guild, and the National Opera Association. An ordained minister, he has served as minister of music for a number of churches in Kentucky, Florida and Mississippi.
Dr. Mims teaches voice and church music courses. He and his wife, Marilyn, a former Metropolitan Opera soprano and now a voice teacher, along with their daughter, Virginia, are participants in the music program of Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach.