"Status quo" isn't in the dictionary of Wyoming State Treasurer Cynthia Lummis. Growing up on a Hereford ranch near Cheyenne, Lummis decided at a young age to raise shorthorn cattle for her 4-H project. "That allowed me to be a little different than my family," she recalls.
Putting age and gender aside, Lummis at age 24 campaigned hard to become the youngest woman in the Wyoming Legislature. She was later elected state treasurer and became the first woman to serve on the Cheyenne Frontier Days board.
Not afraid to buck the status quo, she took on Wyoming's staggering wage discrepancy between men and women. "This is a long process, yet I do believe there is a heightened awareness in Wyoming, which is the first step to solving the problem."
These are among the reasons Lummis has been selected a 2005 Outstanding Alumna for the College of Agriculture. She earned bachelor's degrees in animal science and biology as well as a law degree from UW and is a member of two UW boards: the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources and the College of Business Advisory Council.