As director of contracts, Lillie Ryans leads Southern Research’s contracts team, which includes a dozen staff members working in close coordination with the organization’s Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Engineering, and Energy & Environment divisions. The team negotiates and manages contracts with government organizations such as NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense, as well as commercial enterprises including large pharmaceutical and aerospace companies.
A deeply experienced contracts professional, Ryans has worked in the field for more than 30 years. Prior to Southern Research, Ryans spent nine years as contracts director at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. At SRI International, Ryans was responsible for providing pre-award management for research contracts generating revenue exceeding $500 million. Prior to that, she served as director of Engineering Research Administration at Stanford University and as deputy director of the Office of Sponsored Research, where she provided pre- and post-award management.
She holds a master’s degree in procurement and contract management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.