Charles W. Mims
Charles W. Mims received his B.S. degree in botany from McNeese State University and his Ph.D. degree in mycology/botany from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he taught until moving to the University of Georgia, where he holds the rank of professor of plant pathology. Dr. Mims has been involved in undergraduate and graduate instruction throughout his career, and his teaching abilities have been widely recognized. He was awarded the Weston Award for Teaching Excellence presented by the Mycological Society of America and the Excellence in Teaching Award presented by APS.
Dr. Mims’ achievements have established him as a leader in the fields of mycology and plant pathology. As a recognized authority on the biology and ultrastructure of plant pathogenic fungi, he employs state-of-the-art cryofixation techniques to study spores of plant pathogenic fungi and host–pathogen interfaces in fungal diseases of plants. He is coauthor of two editions of Introductory Mycology, a textbook that has influenced the professional lives of untold numbers of individuals.
Dr. Mims has been an active member of APS, MSA, and the Southeastern Microscopy Society. He has assumed leadership roles in many capacities and has served as president of both MSA and the Southeastern Microscopy Society. Dr. Mims’ influential contributions to education, research, and leadership in plant pathology distinguish him as a worthy recipient of the APS Fellow Award.