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2016 Distinguished Alumni

B.S. Botany & Ecology, '86, '88, M.S. Botany

Cynthia Wyman Jordy, a first-generation university graduate, is Environmental Manager of the Phillips 66 Sweeny, Texas Refinery. She earned a M.S. in Botany in 1988 under Dr. James K. McPherson and Dr. George R. Waller and a B.S. in Botany and Ecology in 1986.  Cindy and her colleagues are working successfully to continually and sustainably reduce the environmental footprint of refining and midstream operations, with responsible management of water, air and land resources.


Some of her positions with Phillips 66 and ChevronPhillips over the past 27 years included responsibilities for global environmental direction and guidance.  A highlight of her career involved working cooperatively with scientists, engineers, regulators, industry colleagues and community stakeholders to participate in the development and implementation of an effective strategy to reduce ground-level ozone in an ozone nonattainment area. She also started and facilitates a Women’s Network for the 1000- employee Sweeny Refinery and serves as a university recruiter for HSE students.


She and husband Donnie are the proud parents of five, including a freshman at OSU. Parenting, working and dealing with a 25-year long journey with rheumatoid arthritis, Cindy appreciates and the obstacles and choices that face everyone.  She has a passion for encouraging others to face challenges through the seasons of life, mentoring and networking with others to find workable solutions to challenges and opportunities.  An avid outdoorsman and advocate for environmental stewardship, she enjoys using her education to help others appreciate our beautiful and diverse natural world.


Her community service includes Board of Director positions for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and the Council for Environmental Education, church and children’s activities.  She is also a member of environmental education and conservation organizations and Mensa.

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