Raymond Tymas-Jones serves in a dual appointment at the University. As Dean of the College of Fine Arts he provides academic and administrative leadership for six units in the College of Fine Arts: Departments of Art & Art History, Ballet, Modern Dance, and Theater, the School of Music, and the Division of Film Studies. In addition to his responsibilities in the College of Fine Arts, Dean Tymas-Jones also serves as Associate Vice President for the Arts and is the chief administrative officer for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Pioneer Theatre Company, Tanner Dance, and Kingsbury Hall. Prior to his current administrative appointment, Dean Tymas-Jones served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Fine Arts at Buffalo State College (1990-93), Director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls (1993-98) and the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University (1998-2005). He received a Ph.D. in Performance Practice: Voice and a Master of Music degree in Conducting and Voice from Washington University (St. Louis) and a Bachelor of Music degree from Howard University.
Dean Tymas-Jones has been appointed to the faculty at Washington University (St. Louis), Buffalo State College, University of Northern Iowa and Ohio University. As a member of the faculty at Buffalo State College, he was the recipient of both the Buffalo State College Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award and the Outstanding Service Award. Dean Tymas-Jones' creative activities include two areas of concentration: solo performances as a singer (tenor) and choral conducting. He has performed as a featured soloist with outstanding orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Louis Orchestra, the Kämmergild Orchestra of St. Louis, the Dortmund, Germany Youth Orchestra, the Erie (Pennsylvania) Chamber Orchestra and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Orchestra. His operatic and musical theatre performances include work with such companies as Connecticut Opera, Syracuse Opera, Erie Opera Theatre and the Greater Buffalo Opera Company. In 1997, his international travels included a performance at the Hermitage Theatre and a recital of arts songs and spirituals by African-American composers at the Herzen Pedagogical University Grand Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. During the 2004 season of the Lancaster (OH) Music Festival, Tymas-Jones was a featured soloist of the Cafe Concert series. His credits as a conductor include guest conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Black History Month Concert, conductor for the World University Games Buffalo '93 Ceremonies Chorus as well as the World University Games Buffalo '93 Gospel Choir at the 1991 World Student Games Closing Ceremonies, Sheffield, England.