Tarleton State University awarded 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Dwain Mayfield an honorary doctorate of humane letters during commencement ceremonies for his involvement with students and his philanthropic support.
Mayfield received the doctorate in the first of seven ceremonies, with Tarleton set to award 1,449 degrees—associates, bachelors, masters and doctorate. Representing The Texas A&M University System at the ceremony were Chancellor John Sharp and Chairman of the Board of Regents Charles W. Schwartz.
“Honoring Dwain this spring is fitting as we continue our yearlong centennial celebration as founding partner of The Texas A&M University System,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio. “I have worked closely with Dwain over the years and there is no more enthusiastic and dedicated friend of the university. In his role as immediate past president of the Tarleton State University Foundation, his coaching of our outstanding students on the aeronautical team, and his ever ready willingness to provide energetic support to Tarleton in any situation, Dwain is a true friend, a true Texan.”
Mayfield earned an associate degree at Tarleton in 1957, then bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s in business administration from TCU.
Before becoming president of ADM Global Resources, an international consulting firm, he played a major role in the success of the F-16 fighter jet as an engineer at Fort Worth’s General Dynamics—now Lockheed Martin—advancing to vice president of program development in 1989.
In addition to his position on the Tarleton Foundation board and as advisor to the university aeronautical team, he is a member of the Dean’s Circle for the College of Science and Technology. Mayfield and his wife, Lynda, have established an endowed scholarship at Tarleton for engineering students.
“Honorary doctorates from Tarleton are rare,” said Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Karen Murray. “They are reserved for people like Dwain Mayfield who give tirelessly of their time, selflessly of their energy and generously of their resources. His loyalty to Tarleton is unquestionable.”
In addition to his involvement with Tarleton, Mayfield has been active with Texas A&M as past chairperson of the board of The Association of Former Students, and as a member of the President’s Advisory Council and the Dwight Look College of Engineering Advisory Council. He is a member of the A&M System Chancellor’s Century Council.