Cecelia V. Royster
Ms. Royster earned her Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). She holds a bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Averett University, and a Masters Certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University.
Ms. Royster is FAC-C Level III Certified, a member of the National Contract Management Association, the Executive Women in Government, National Association of Professional Women, alumni of the Excellence in Government Fellows Program, and is an Advisory Board Member of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the African American Federal Executive Association, Inc., The Links Incorporated, and serves as a board member for the Breast Care of Washington.
Cecelia V. Royster serves as the Director of the Office of Acquisition and Agreements Management (OAAM), and the Bureau Procurement Official (BPO) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a member of the Senior Executive Service. Ms. Royster has the responsibility of overseeing the full range of the $1 billion acquisition and financial assistance activities awarded for NIST and the Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE) which provides acquisition and grant services to the seven client bureaus under the Department of Commerce to support ongoing programs, operations and mission objectives. NIST technological research activities cover a diverse range of disciplines including bioscience, healthcare, chemistry, neutron research, nanotechnology, information technology, manufacturing, public safety, energy, physics, cybersecurity and computer technology laboratory practices for all aspects of advanced science.
Ms. Royster has over 25 years of acquisition experience with the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Royster has the oversight responsibility for the award of contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, Purchase Card Program, Contracting Professional certification (FAC-C), Contracting Officer Warrant Program, other fellowships, reimbursable and payable agreements in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and Department of Commerce regulations and policies.
Prior to her position as the Director of OAAM, Ms. Royster served as the NIST Deputy Chief of Acquisition, NIST Small Business Broker, Acting Chief of the Grants Management Division and the Chief of the Acquisition Management Division.
Ms. Royster previously served as the Chief of the Contracting Office for the Department of Transportation where she managed a $379-million-dollar budget of acquisitions and grants.
Ms. Royster also served as a Team Leader/Contracting Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard for several of the operational acquisition branches and Team Leader for U.S. Coast Guard Acquisition Policy and Compliance.