Betty Mayfield is the current First Vice President of the MAA. She earned a B.A. in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. Between undergraduate and graduate school, she taught high school mathematics.
Since 1979, Mayfield has served on the faculty of Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where she has chaired the mathematics department since 1999. She has been awarded the College's Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award and its Laughlin Award for Professional Achievement, and was inducted into the campus Ionic Society in recognition of outstanding service. She has enjoyed doing research, often with students or colleagues in other disciplines, in underwater acoustics, mathematics pedagogy, and the history of mathematics.
She became involved in the MAA first in the Maryland-DC-Virginia Section, where she served as newsletter editor, chair, and governor, and was the 2001 recipient of its Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. She has served on the Committee on Sections, the Centennial Planning Committee, and as chair of the Committee on Undergraduate Student Activities and Chapters and of the Search Committee for Associate Secretary. She is also proud to be a consultant for Project NExT.