College of Science names business executive as chief of strategy and operations

Liliana Gehring will join the College of Science as Chief of Strategy and Operations.
Image Credit: Photo courtesy of Kevin Foster

CLEMSON — In its ongoing efforts to advance science through discovery, learning and engagement, Clemson University’s College of Science has hired an experienced business executive to partner with the founding dean and leadership team.

Liliana Gehring will join the college on March 5 as chief of strategy and operations (CSO). Gehring’s multifaceted background as an executive leader was honed at Eli Lilly and Company, one of the top pharmaceutical corporations in the world. Gehring has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business. She has certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt, as a project management professional, and in health economics and outcomes research.

Liliana Gehring joins the College of Science as Chief of Strategy and Operations.
Liliana Gehring will join the College of Science as Chief of Strategy and Operations.
Image Credit: Photo courtesy of Kevin Foster

Gehring started her career at Ford Motor Company. She retired in December from Lilly, where she held leadership roles over 27 years across engineering, manufacturing, human resources, product research and development, project management, customer engagement and health outcomes.

“Lili’s extensive experience at Eli Lilly will be a great lens for the science leadership team, and she will bring all of her talents, experiences and energy to Clemson as we collectively focus on advancing science forward,” Dean Cynthia Young said.

Gehring will assist the dean with developing, communicating, executing and sustaining the College’s strategic initiatives as outlined in the ScienceForward plan. Additionally, she will provide leadership in all fiscal affairs, including the implementation of a framework for strategic budgeting, resource reallocation and the expansion of entrepreneurial revenues. Gehring will oversee support staff in the dean’s office, including marketing and communications, human resources and budgeting, information technology and administrative personnel.

“I am thrilled to be joining Clemson University and look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to realize the ScienceForward mission of building a world-class College of Science,” Gehring said. “I am a lifelong learner with a strong propensity for action, and I bring a diverse perspective as a Latina leader.”

Gehring will take over for Tracy Clark, who has served as interim CSO since Nov. 29, 2017. Clark came to Clemson from the University of Central Florida (UCF), where she is currently the associate provost for budget, planning and administration and associate vice president for Finance. At Clemson, Clark has worked as an executive-in-residence in the dean’s office for one semester.

“I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to serve as the interim CSO for Clemson University’s new College of Science,” Clark said. “To witness and assist in the college’s development has been exciting and challenging. I know Lili will do a remarkable job continuing to advance ScienceForward.”

Gehring, her husband Dan, and their two dogs, Celi and Chayne, will be moving to Clemson from Indianapolis.

“I am honored to be joining the Clemson community,” she said.