Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Nelson Sims

Nelson Sims is a Corporate Director with over 35 years experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Mr. Sims served as an executive with Eli Lilly and Company (a global pharmaceutical company) for 29 years prior to his retirement in 2001. His assignments included President of Eli Lily Canada, Inc from 1991- 1999, where he also was elected Chairman of the Board for the Pharmaceutical Manufactures Association. From 2003 – 2005, Mr. Sims was President and CEO of Novavax, Inc. (a biopharmaceutical company). He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of MDS, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. Mr. Sims also serves on several not for profit boards including the Foundation Board of Trustees for Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

He and his wife, Janie, also a 1971 SWOSU graduate, have been generous donors to SWOSU and have established a scholarship in their names.

They are the parents of two children.