June 2015

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20 Mims met his wife Susan when they were students at the UI. Susan was a middle distance/distance runner for the Hawkeyes. ey have four chil- dren — Jeremy, Corey, Monica, and Kelsey — and all four received Division I scholarships in track. Monica and Kelsey competed for the Hawkeyes. While the Mims children followed their mother's athletic sport of choice, Monica, like her father, is employed in the UI athletics department as associ- ate director of compliance. "One of the proudest moments of my life was being in the room when (Monica) was doing her interview and answering questions from the audi- ence," Mims said. "She was so poised, articulate, and endearing that it made me feel very, very proud. "With Monica coming in and watching her inter- view, it warmed my heart and I know I can leave and have someone carrying on the legacy of being here in the athletics department." When it comes to working for the Hawkeye athlet- ics department, Mims will miss plenty. "Not being around the people you admire and work well with," Mims said. "Not being at the table to talk about important decisions to be made and the direction of the program as well as services to our students; those things I will miss greatly. My hope is that what we have been able to establish here will be long-standing and still service the student population." Mims won't be a stranger around the UI, but he won't look over anyone's shoulder, either. "I'm a pretty straight-forward guy and I know when you turn the reigns over, you turn the reigns over," he said.

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