Crawford J. Mims, an African American scholar who worked in higher education for approximately half a century, died on April 1 at a healthcare facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was 94 years old.
Dr. Mims was born in Holmes County, Mississippi. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, a master’s degree at Indiana University, and an educational doctorate at the University of Arkansas.
During his long career, he taught at Rust College, Shorter College, and Philander Smith College. He was provost at Philander Smith College and on three occasions served as interim president of the historically Black educational institution. Thee gymnasium on the Philander Smith College campus is named in his honor.