Jim Griffin selected to lead petrochemical training division


Griffin oversees training curriculum and development of the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology

PASADENA, Texas – Jim Griffin joins San Jacinto College as associate vice chancellor/senior vice president for the petrochemical training division.

In his new position, Griffin oversees the curriculum and instruction of the College’s petrochemical-related training programs, as well as the development of the upcoming Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology, set to open in 2019. One of his first goals as associate vice chancellor/senior vice president is to ensure that all petrochemical training program curriculum at the College meets the expectations of hiring managers throughout the region’s chemical plants.

Griffin said he looks forward to expanding on the partnerships that the College has established with petrochemical companies as the Texas Gulf Coast region experiences tremendous growth with the construction of mega plants.

“I can honestly say that the partnerships and collaboration between San Jacinto College and the local petrochemical industry are the strongest I’ve ever seen, and I’m excited to be a part of this,” said Griffin, who also serves as chairman of the board for the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region.

Griffin brings more than 30 years of experience in the petrochemical manufacturing industry to the College. He has experienced the many changes in workforce demands of the petrochemical industry and the increased need for workers with degrees and certificates.

“The standards are higher now, and that’s a good thing because this is a global business,” said Griffin, who has served as a spokesperson for legislative affairs, workforce and economic growth on behalf of the East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA). “This is why associate degrees and certificates are even more important in today’s petrochemical industry. The business is a lot more technical and sophisticated than ever before. Degrees help employees grow to become the next supervisors.”

Griffin began his career in petrochemical manufacturing as an environmental, health and safety engineer in Illinois, following completion of his master’s degree thesis on chlorine handling and application safety. He is the past chairman of the board for EHCMA and has served in a variety of key roles at chemical plants, including corporate director and plant manager. Before joining San Jacinto College, he was vice president of manufacturing for Dianal America, a Mitsubishi Chemical Company. He has also served as manufacturing director and in a variety of leadership positions with PolyOne Corp.  

“Preparing a workforce in one of the world’s largest petrochemical manufacturing regions requires strong partnerships with industry leaders,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor of San Jacinto College. “Jim Griffin is one of those leaders and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from a variety of areas within the petrochemical industry. We welcome him to our college and our team as we take the next big step in workforce training with the building of the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology.”

Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial education and a master’s degree in safety and environmental study from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. His family includes wife, Patty Griffin; and their two daughters, recent Texas A&M University graduates Casey and Alex.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries, and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient, and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.

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