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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
Undergraduate

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.

Graduate

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

Master of Business Administration (MBA) is offered in several formats to fit every student's needs.

In addition, we offer the following graduate degree programs.

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

Building leadership skills with your MBA.

 

Certificates

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
Internship Workshop
Internships are crucial to your success. Learn about the internship process and how it can put you on the path to your career. March 7, SC 306 and other selected days by appointment. Contact Career Services at 616-554-5502 for further information.
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow
Visiting Fellow, Mike Markovits will be at Davenport University March 6-10, 2017 to engage students and the larger community in conversations on the future of leadership and social change. Previously, an executive at both IBM and GE, Markovits has been instrumental in identifying and developing the leadership pipeline to support organizational growth, transformation, and performance. Made possible through a grant from the M.E. Davenport Legacy Endowment.
Homecoming 2016!
Join us for an entire week of events including a bonfire, tailgating, chili cook-off, pep rally and more. Celebrate DU and all it has to offer.
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?

Feel free to browse the selections below for further information.

Accreditation

All of Davenport University programs are accredited 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.

Internships

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

Faculty Directory

Here you can find a full list of faculty and staff members for the Donald W. Maine College of Business.

Davenport News
Tyrus R. Wessell Award
Long-time faculty member of the Donald W. Maine College of Business, Frank Novakowski, was honored with the Tyrus R. Wessell award at the 2016 DavenFest employee meeting. Frank is known for his sincerity, genuine willingness to help and commitment to accountability. A true champion for students!
Davenport University Students Excelled at the 2017 BPA Post-Secondary State Leadership Conference
Davenport University’s BPA competitors won 18 state champion titles, 22 runner-up titles, and 13 third-place finishes. Overall, Davenport captured 130 top-ten place finishes with 35 students qualifying to represent Davenport University and the State of Michigan at the 51st annual BPA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, May 9 – 15, 2017!
Entrepreneur YOU Conference
The Entrepreneur YOU Conference is designed to education women with a passion for owning their own business. Learn about the challenges and opportunities - from launch to growth.
National Honor Society for First Year Students, Alpha Lambda Delta, Chartered
On Friday October 14, 2016 at the Lettinga campus an initiation ceremony and charter induction for Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) was conducted with over 200 people in attendance. During the ceremony an impressive 82 students were recognized for their high academic achievements that they earned during their first year at DU.
InHolland University Professor Visits DU
Albert Brouwers, faculty international business and management studies at InHolland University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, visited DU for two days last week. InHolland has an official agreement with Davenport where students from both universities can study at either university for a semester or a year and earn college credits, with full-year students being eligible to receive a degree from both universities.
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.
Global News in Business
White House Bars Times and Other News Outlets From Briefing
Reporters from The Times, CNN and other organizations were not allowed to enter the office of the press secretary, Sean M. Spicer, in an unusual breach of protocol.
Some See Media Bias. But ‘the Enemy’? Not Quite.
Many Americans believe the news media is flawed and often unfair to President Trump, but they won’t go so far as to label the press an “enemy.”
Trump Rails Against Leaks. But What Exactly Are They?
President Trump’s denouncements have called attention to what has long been a journalistic staple.
Wall Street Edges Higher to Give Dow 11th Straight Record
Wall Street edged higher on Friday, with the Dow extending its streak of record-setting gains to 11 days, as increases in utilities and other safety plays outweighed declines in financials.
Trump Is Off to a Slow Start on Trade Promises
The president has not acted on campaign promises to move quickly to declare China a currency manipulator or to initiate renegotiation of the Nafta.
Amazon Deforestation, Once Tamed, Comes Roaring Back
A decade after the “Save the Rainforest” movement captured the world’s imagination, Cargill and other food giants are pushing deeper into the wilderness.
Did Someone Say ‘Tax Code Rewrite’? Lobbyists Scramble
The Washington “swamp” President Trump likes to denounce is still teeming with life — and it is converging on lawmakers drafting tax legislation.
Andy Weir’s Best Seller ‘The Martian’ Gets a Classroom-Friendly Makeover
Science teachers are using a new edition of “The Martian” to teach physics, astronomy and chemistry. It’s the same story — minus the profanity.
Google Self-Driving Car Unit Accuses Uber of Using Stolen Technology
A lawsuit says an employee took thousands of secret files on self-driving car design when he left Google to start his own company, later sold to Uber.
Inside Uber’s Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture
A former employee’s blog post has raised questions about the limits of meritocracy at Uber and how much executives knew about the treatment of employees.
Fewer Niceties, Similar Price: Airlines Turn to ‘Basic Economy’ Fares
The new basic economy class seats are expected to be in many cases the same price as the existing standard economy fare.
Snapchat Founders’ Grip Tightened After a Spat With an Early Investor
A big question about the I.P.O. of Snap is why its creators retain such outsize voting control. The answer lies in their history with a venture capital firm.
Counting on the Trendy to Revive Kava, a Traditional Drink
Pacific Island governments and others are working to modernize cultivation of kava, hoping that the drink’s popularity can be sustained.
Why Being Donald Trump Jr., the Businessman, Won’t Be Easy
A photo of the president's son and three others at the Trump SoHo hotel in 2010 provides a peek at some of his past associates, how they interacted with him and what they are doing today.
China Names Guo Shuqing, a Rapid-Fire Regulator, to Oversee Troubled Banks
The appointment of the respected official could signal Beijing’s desire to address deep financial problems holding back the Chinese economy.
Jury Rejects U.S. Seizure of Luxury Cars From Exporters
The ruling is something of a conclusion to a crackdown on companies that used middlemen to buy cars from American dealers and sell them for big profits in China.
The Secret Art History on Your Money
An exhibition at the Grolier Club explores the beautiful and sometimes just odd images on financial instruments, and the unsung artists who created them.
Your Money: Republicans Want You in a Health Savings Account. So Now What?
Major proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act promote health savings accounts, which do offer tax savings but are complex and favor the wealthy.
Your Money Adviser: Health Savings Accounts: Don’t Leave Money on the Table
There’s a simple tax-free way to amass money for health expenses, but many eligible people don’t take advantage of it.
Retiring: Calling a Cruise Ship Home: See the World, Then See It Again
It’s not for everyone, but a 67-year-old has sailed almost nonstop for 20 years, on 950 cruises. Bonus: Now he only pays half the single supplement.
Fair Game: Score One for the Bank Whistle-Blowers
The Supreme Court asked a lower court to reconsider a case in which former bank employees accused their employers of misusing federal bailout funds.
Economic Trends: The Big Question for the U.S. Economy: How Much Room Is There to Grow?
The nation is close to what economists believe is full productive capacity. The Trump administration’s ambitious growth targets depend on how much slack remains.
Corner Office: Dan Ruch on How Accountability Means Being Responsive
The chief executive of Rocketrip says being responsive — and that includes always answering emails — is a key part of his company’s culture.
Economic View: Economists Have Been Demoted in Washington. That’s a Bad Idea.
The chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers has been dropped from the new administration’s cabinet, depriving it of the council’s academic expertise.
Common Sense: Cadillac Ad Tries to Bridge Nation’s Chasm, Without Falling In
On the Oscars broadcast, the message will be working together to overcome challenges. But these days, can even invoking unity be a risk for a brand?
Wealth Matters: Those Fancy Oscar Gems? You Bet They’re Insured
Jewelry policies can be costly, but the alternative can be worse.
The Haggler: Consignors’ Complaints Pile Up Against Vintage Car Dealer
A consignment seller does not budge even after 89 complaints against him are filed with the New Hampshire attorney general’s office.
Your Money Adviser: Little Credit History? Lenders Are Taking a New Look at You
New credit scoring models, using data like rent and cellphone payments, are coming into vogue as lenders seek to bring in more borrowers.
Vocations: An Ethnographer of Cancer Care for IBM Watson
A researcher for IBM analyzes interactions among medical professionals and cancer patients.
The Future of Work: Learning to Love Our Robot Co-Workers
The most important frontier for robots is not the work they take from humans but the work they do with humans — which requires learning on both sides.
Scene Stealers: And Now, Here’s Your Right-Wing Podcast Host: Chuck Woolery!
Maybe if Mr. Woolery’s former showbiz colleagues had tuned in between binges on NPR and CNN, they wouldn’t have been so shocked by the outcome of the election.
Leadership Team

Below is the Leadership Team for the Donald W. Maine College of Business. For a full list of faculty and staff members, please see the link under "Got Questions?"

Pamela Imperato, Ph.D.

Dean for the Donald W. Maine College of Business

pamela.imperato@davenport.edu
Jennifer Byron, MBA

Associate Dean in the College of Business

Jennifer.Byron@davenport.edu
Mike Carey, Ph.D. MBA. CM

Department Chair for Marketing

Michael.Carey@davenport.edu
Misty Davis, JD

Department Chair in Legal Studies and Human Resource Management

mdavis125@davenport.edu
Grant Lee, MAcc

Department Chair for Accounting and Finance

Grant.Lee@davenport.edu
Margaret Mwenda, Ph.D.

Department Chair for Management

mmwenda@davenport.edu
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