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Donald W. Maine College of Business
Make a life. Make a living. Make a contribution.

Why the College of Business?

The Donald W. Maine College of Business’s long standing academic rigor and quality programs equip you for business success.  Understanding market trends and building community relationships to enhance your development is what we do best.  You will learn from faculty with industry experience and be exposed to best practices in the market to position you for your career of choice. 

 With a new state-of-the-art business building designed to incorporate multi-media technology, you will find interactive classrooms and movable work stations that model a real business environment.  Additionally, a new Entrepreneurial Center will provide individuals seeking to start and grow businesses right here in West Michigan opportunities to consult with professionals at each stage in the process. 

So, the only question you need to ask yourself is whether you want to get to where the world is going.  

Prospective Students

The Donald W. Maine College of Business applies the principles of entrepreneurship to every program. We have an undergraduate degree for you.

Choose your Bachelor degree program.

Choose your Associate degree program.

Please take some time to view the following videos about our Donald W. Maine College of Business.

Bachelor of Business Administration and Internships.


If you have just completed your bachelors degree or want to further your career, our graduate degree programs will help you get to where you want to be.

Choose your Graduate program.

Please take some time to view the following videos about our Donald W. Maine College of Business programs.

Building leadership skills with your MBA.



Post-Baccalaureate Certificates are for students who have attained a bachelor degree, but want to gain additional credentials in their field or who want to move to a new business related field.

Choose your Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.

Graduate Certificates provide students with the opportunity to deepen their skills in a particular subject. They may be completed at any time while taking Master of Business Administration courses provided the prerequisites are met, or may be completed as a stand-alone certificate.

Choose your Graduate Certificate.



Current Events
Accounting & Finance Career and Internship Fair
Do not miss the opportunity to find an internship or employment at the Accounting & Finance Career Fair next month. This is only one of many events you can explore through Career Services.
Check out the DU Alumni Events!
You may have graduated from DU or any of its predecessor colleges, but you can still stay connected with the things you love about Davenport. The DU Alumni Association has a full schedule of fun summer events and you are invited! Sign up today:
Bring your kids to work day.
Do your children or grandchildren know how you spend your time at Davenport? The second annual Bring Your Kids to Work/School event will be held on Wednesday, June 22 at the W.A. Lettinga Campus. Fun activities will be happening from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m:
Study Abroad at Davenport
Dozens of Davenport graduate and undergraduate students are enhancing their intercultural awareness, global competency and their resumes while traveling abroad this summer. There are five short-term study abroad opportunities this month and next. These programs will study in ten countries on three continents.
Internships Available
An internship is one of the most important things you can do in your college career: Internships provide valuable work experience, develop professional skills and many lead to full time jobs. Do not let an opportunity pass you by.
Got Questions?

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All of Davenport University programs are accreditated by the International Assembly for Collegiate Education (IACBE).

Online Education

Davenport offers many options to partially or fully complete your degree online

Registered Student Organizations

Getting involved on campus is easy. Contact Student Services for information.

Study Abroad

DU's study-abroad programs provide you with first-hand experience while earning course credit towards your degree.


Getting work experience before you graduate is crucial. Many times internships also lead to full time positions.

Davenport News
Wayne County Community College District Partners with Davenport University
Wayne County Community College District has partnered with Davenport University to include Davenport in the University Center at the district's Western Campus in Belleville. As part of the agreement, students who earn their associate degrees at the community college will be able to transfer their credits to a bachelor’s degree program at Davenport and continue their studies at the same location.
Online Colleges for Accounting
Online Colleges has ranked Davenport University as 4th in the nation for our online Accounting degree program. Congratulations to Professor Deb Kiss and the Accounting Department.
Eurobiz Study Abroad
The EuroBiz Study Abroad Program has arrived in Europe! Only a few hours after landing in Munich, the group and their faculty leaders, Dr. Marjolijn van der Velde and Professor Todd Terry oriented themselves to this historic Bavarian capital. Their itinerary for the three weeks is filled with corporate and cultural experiences in Germany, France, Belgium and The Netherlands.
School district estimates Middle College graduates saved $723K
Kenowa Hills Public School's second round of Middle College students graduated high school and Davenport University on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Twenty-one students received an associate's degree and diploma, after completing the program, saving over $700,000 in college expenses.
Lettinga DECA wins big again!
For the third year in a row, Lettinga DECA’s chapter won the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Challenge! Davenport’s team members collected the most supplies for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s week-long, MI summer camp. :
Sport Management Alum Jim Van Dam ‘12 creates memorable experiences for NHL fans
Jim Van Dam works in the front office at the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning as a Premium Sales Manager. He is responsible for tailoring corporate ticket packages for businesses in southern Florida while creating memorable fan experiences. Check out this Davenport Alumni's success story.
BPA Middle Level Conference
During the 2015-2016 academic year, Business Professionals of America (BPA) created a new division in Michigan. This was the Middle Level Division, led by the Michigan Middle Level State Advisor, Professor Ron Draayer from Davenport University. BPA is one of the leading Career Technical Student Organizations in America.
Davenport celebrates 150 years in business
On Jan. 25, 1866, Grand Rapids Business College held its first bookkeeping, penmanship, business law and arithmetic classes for 16 registered students. One sesquicentennial later, the academic institution now called Davenport University launched the milestone year with an Anniversary Kick-Off Event at its W.A. Lettinga Campus. The event marked the beginning of a year-long celebration for the institution that began as a small private school and now is a fully accredited private university offering undergraduate, graduate and online degrees to nearly 9,000 students.
Davenport University Students Excelled at the 2016 BPA National Conference!
Business Professionals of America held its 50th National Leadership Conference in Boston, Massachusetts from May 4 thru May 8, 2016. Students from Davenport’s Lettinga and Lansing campuses represented the University at the Golden Anniversary Conference where Davenport’s ambassadors earned 17 national championships, 12 runner-up finishes, and 13 third place finishes! Overall, the University placed 82 finalists in the top ten. Over the last eight years, Davenport students’ have earned 1st place awards in 100 National events, which is an all-time BPA record!
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Faculty and Staff Members
Pamela Imperato, Ph.D.

Dean for the Donald W. Maine College of Business
Jennifer Byron

Associate Dean in the College of Business
Mike Carey, MBA. CM

Department Chair for Marketing
Bob Clarkson, MBA, PMP

Department Chair for Sport Management
Barb Craft, JD

Department Chair for Legal Studies and Human Resource Management
Grant Lee, MAcct

Department Chair for Accounting and Finance
Margaret Mwenda, Ph.D.

Department Chair for Management
Jackie Anderson, MBA

Jackie is an Associate Professor in Management.
Sally Armstrong, MBA, MA, DipM

Sally is the Associate Department Chair for Management
Jack Cichy, Ph.D., Ed.S., MA, CM, CHA, CFBE

Jack is a Professor in Management
Linda Crosby, MBA

Linda is the Associate Department Chair in Marketing
Misty Davis, JD

Misty is the Associate Department Chair in Legal Studies and Human Resource Management
Leslie Gale, MS

Leslie is the Associate Department Chair in Management.
Jim Gort, Ph.D., MM

Jim is the Associate Department Chair in Management.
Scott Gumieny, MBA

Scott is an Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance.
Racheal Hayes, MBA

Racheal is an Associate Department Chair in Accounting and Finance.
Erika Hoy, CPA, MSA

Erika is an Associate Profession in Accounting and Finance.
Deb Kiss, JD, CPA, CMA, CIA, CFE

Deb is an Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance.
Judy Knapp, MBA

Judy is an Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance.
Brian Moore, MSF

Brian is an Associate Department Chair in Accounting and Finance.
Frank Novakowski, Ph.D., MEd, MBA

Frank is an Associate Profession in Management.
Micki Pitcher, MBA

Micki is an Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance.
Todd Pitts, MBA

Todd is an Associate Professor in Management.
Lorely Polanco-Alimonos, MBA

Lorely is an Associate Department Chair in Marketing
Steve Prawdzik, MBA

Steve in as Associate Department Chair in Sport Management.
Tom Price, MBA, CWS, AIFA

Tom in an Associate Department Chair in Accounting and Finance.
Dale Prondzinski, MBA, DBA

Dale is an Associate Department Chair in Accounting and Finance.
Deb Schoenwether, MBA

Deb is an Associate Department Chair in Management.
Larry Simpson, CPA, MBA, CGMA

Larry is an Associate Department Chair in Accounting and Finance.
Todd Terry, MBA

Todd is an Associate Department Chair in Management.
James Turner

James is an Associate Professor in Management.
Marjolijn van der Velde, Ph.D., MBA, MEd, CM

Marjolijn is an Associate Professor in Managment.
Tamara Vandenberg, MBA, CMA

Tamara is an Associate Department Chair in Accounting and Finance.
Dan Wiljanen, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Dan is an Associate Professor in Management.
James Young, CPHQ, PCMH

James is an Associate Department Chair in Management.
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