Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Nelson Sims

Nelson M. Sims - 1992

Nelson M. Sims graduated from Southwestern in 1971 with a degree in Pharmacy.  He did his pre-pharmacy work at the University of Oklahoma but then transferred to Southwestern in 1967.  Sims is currently president and general manager of Eli Lilly Canada Inc., a post he has held since 1991.  He became affiliated with Eli Lilly and Company in 1973 and held various management positions until 1984. 

He was then named director of sales in pharmaceuticals for the northeast region until 1987.  In 1987, Sims was named vice president of sales and marketing for Hybritech Inc.  He was named to his current position in 1991.  Before joining the Eli Lilly Company, he was a pharmacist at Central Drug in Stillwater from 1971 to 1973. 

Sims is currently on the board of directors for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Canada and also serves as chairman of the environmental section of PMAC. 

He serves on the board of governors for the Scarborough General Hospital and the hospital’s foundation board.  Sims also is active with the United Way of Greater Toronto, the Ontario Business Advisory Council, chamber of commerce and the Torrey Pines Christian Church.  Sims also has done post-graduate studies at the University of Virginia, Northwestern University, and Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and Duke University.  His wife, Jamie Conklin Sims, also graduated from Southwestern in 1971. 

They have two children who are currently university students.  J. Scott is enrolled in the Harvard Business School while Suzanne is a student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois