Raymond Tymas-Jones became President of Cornish College on July 1, 2018. He is Cornish’s first African-American President.
Prior to Cornish, Tymas-Jones served as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Associate Vice President at the University of Utah for 12 years. During his tenure, he established the Center for Interdisciplinary Arts in Technology and led the development of the Create CONNECTIONS Project to foster interdisciplinary activity through the infusion of arts and design practices in medicine, science, and business. As Dean of the College of Fine Arts he provided academic and administrative leadership for six units in the College of Fine Arts. He also served as chief administrative officer for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Pioneer Theatre Company, Tanner Dance, and Kingsbury Hall.
Tymas-Jones previously served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University (1998-2005), Director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls (1993-98), and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Fine Arts at Buffalo State College (1990-93).
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. He is known for his presentation and scholarship on American art song and spirituals, as well as sacred music in the African-American tradition.