Ernie Mayfield

EMBA '18

Ernie Mayfield

“By far the highlight for me has been the interaction with my fellow classmates in the EMBA program. To be able to draw from the experience and knowledge base of such a high-quality group of working professionals at similar points in their careers is important to me.”

Lt. Col. Ernest G. Mayfield III flies F-16s out of Ellington Field about three times a week. As part of his job. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, he has completed more than 17 years as a fighter pilot in the Air Force, two tours in Iraq, and more than 350 hours of combat flying time in a wide range of global joint and multinational aviation missions. This past fall, after becoming director of operations at Ellington Field and keeping the Gulf Coast region safe, Ernie joined Rice Business to pursue an MBA. “I always wanted to get my MBA,” he said. “It was just a matter of when.” Ernie and his wife, Joy — who graduated from the EMBA program in 2006 and was his sister’s best friend growing up in Beaumont — are raising two daughters, age two and four. Despite a no-fail 24/7 homeland defense mission both at work and home, Ernie has loved going back to school. “I’m always excited for class weekends. I find the coursework interesting and relevant not only to today’s business environment but also my own sector in the Department of Defense.”