Dr. Rietsema is an Air Force veteran with an extensive background in aviation as well as management and education. He is a 1973 honors graduate of the USAF Academy, where he majored in Political Science and International Affairs. Dr. Rietsema received his MBA from Golden Gate University, a Masters in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle University and his doctorate in Organization and Management from Capella University. Also, Dr. Rietsema is a graduate of the Indian National Defense College, New Delhi, India.
Dr. Rietsema’s Air Force career spanned twenty one years of active duty and included assignments as a Fighter Group Commander, leading the largest operational F-16 Fighter Wing in the USAF.
He is a founding member and Director of Research for ERAU - Worldwide’s Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership. Dr. Rietsema is also the Department Chair for the College of Business Administration at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide.
Welcome to Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership (CAAL).
The aviation and aerospace industry has a rich heritage of leaders – from the early civilian and military pioneers in aviation and space, to the entrepreneurs and captains of the aviation and aerospace industry today.
But the world is changing, and one of the primary roles of the Center is to explore what it means to be a leader in aviation and aerospace today, examine how that role may be changing, and document what current and aspiring leaders can do to be more effective in the years to come.
We have a terrific staff and an extraordinary Industry Advisory Board, so please join us on our journey, and do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you in any way.