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Donald W. Maine College of Business
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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
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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.

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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.

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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
Milinda Ysasi from The Source
West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will meet at Davenport University for an educational and networking luncheon program featuring a presentation from Milinda Ysasi, Executive Director at The Source. The mission of The SOURCE is to reduce barriers post employment for employees that work for the member organizations.
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Developing Sustainable Leadership Strategies
The business environment is in constant flux while stakeholders encourage organizational leaders to consider sustainable business tactics alongside corporate profits. In this discussion, Dr. Goulet will review her research on the sustainable leadership strategies in West Michigan that business leaders from small- and medium-sized West Michigan companies integrated to increase corporate revenue.
Accounting & Finance Career Fair at Davenport University
2018 Career Fair
DU Careerfest 2018 -Thursday 1:00 - 4:00 pm The Student Activity Center on the W.A. Lettinga Campus will be packed with employers looking to hire YOU! Employers will be looking for full time, part time and interns at this event. DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY.
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.
Dede Bartlett from the Woodrow Wilson Fellows.
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow
Visiting Fellow, Dede Bartlett will be at Davenport University March 12-16, 2018 to engage students and the larger community in conversations on the future of leadership and social change. Bartlett is a pioneering executive who ascended to top positions at companies such as ExxonMobil and Phillip Morris. Today, Dede Bartlett is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, a Director of the American University of Central Asia Foundation and the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. This visit is made possible through a grant from the M.E. Davenport Legacy Endowment.
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:
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.
Got Questions?

Feel free to browse the selections below for further information.

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

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Online Education

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

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Registered Student Organizations

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

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Study Abroad

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

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

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Faculty Directory

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

Davenport News
Ryan Slider at the Super Bowl
DU sport management alumnus puts his skills to work at the Super Bowl
While millions of viewers watched the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, Ryan Coleman — a Davenport University alumnus — was given the opportunity to put his skills and knowledge to work at the event. Coleman earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from DU in 2016 and is currently working on his graduate degree at Minot State University in North Dakota. Coleman’s role involved greeting and helping the fans at this year's Superbowl. What an exciting event for one of our own.
Steve Bayus and Christina Flowers at Davenport University
Recent alumna launches magazine after class that inspires hands-on learning
Christina Flowers, 2017, learned how to launch her new magazine from Steve Bayus’ class that blended real-life teachings and storytelling to inspire hands-on learning. For many, returning to school to pursue an MBA after being laid off can be challenging, especially for those who are adventuring into entrepreneurship like Flowers. Bayus and Flowers first met in the winter semester of 2017 in a master’s level marketing course. She recalls that time as a turning point for her business.
Davenport University College of Business dedication
Donald W. Maine College of Business Dedication
More than 160 people attended the dedication of the new Donald W. Maine College of Business Building. Don Maine portrayed his gratitude and sincere appreciation – “Davenport has been built on a culture of leadership, talent and teamwork. This building represents the countless hours of dedication by the staff, faculty and students. It is another giant step forward for Davenport and its students in the ever-changing world of business and technology.”
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!
Lettinga DECA wins big again!
Keeping their winning streak strong, the W.A. Lettinga DECA team took home six first-place, three second-place, and one third-place award along with eight finalist medals at state competition in Grand Rapids. Davenport’s commitment to real-world, hands-on learning and the DU Excellence System competencies helped the team create and present viable solutions in case studies and role plays that impressed the judges and helped them shut out 200 strong competitors. :
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.
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.
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.
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
E.U. Fines Google $5.1 Billion in Android Antitrust Case
European officials hit the internet giant with the record penalty for abusing its power in the smartphone market, the region’s latest move to rein in the clout of tech companies.
Papa John’s Founder Will Not ‘Go Quietly’ as Company Tries to Push Him Away
As the pizza chain tries to distance itself from its founder, John Schnatter said he faced an extortion attempt and regretted stepping down.
Texas Instruments Chief Executive Resigns; Conduct Violations Are Cited
The company did not specify the nature of the allegations against Brian Crutcher, who had taken the helm of the Dallas-based chip maker in June.
Goldman Names a New Chief. Don’t Expect Big Changes.
Goldman Sachs said David Solomon will become its chief executive Oct. 1, replacing Lloyd Blankfein. But the change probably won’t alter the bank’s course.
When Wives Earn More Than Husbands, Neither Partner Likes to Admit It
Deceiving the census: New research suggests that social attitudes are lagging behind both workplace progress and how people actually live their lives.
Goldman Sachs Names David Solomon C.E.O. as Blankfein Plans Exit
Mr. Solomon, a longtime investment banker, will replace Lloyd C. Blankfein at the helm of one of the most powerful institutions on Wall Street.
The Biggest Spender of Political Ads on Facebook? President Trump
A new study based on Facebook data provides a picture of who is placing political ads on the social network ahead of the midterm elections. President Trump tops the list.
Judge Rejects Settlement Over McDonald’s Labor Practices
The proposed accord with the federal government would have avoided a decision that could expose parent companies to liability for violations by franchisees.
E.U. Courts New Partners With Japan Trade Deal
Hunting for free-trade deals in Asia and Latin America, the bloc is trying to compensate for lost business with the United States.
Senators Push Fed Chairman for Answers on Slow Wage Growth
Testifying before the Banking Committee, Jerome H. Powell offered a sunny portrait of the economy — and mild warnings on trade policy.
DealBook Briefing: Goldman’s New Boss Won’t Start a Revolution
David Solomon will officially take over from Lloyd Blankfein later this year, but the changes he makes at the helm of the firm will be subtle.
Big Gains for Industrials and Banks Take US Stocks Higher
U.S. stocks are edging higher Wednesday as financial and industrial companies including railroads and airlines climb after a round of strong second-quarter reports. United Continental and Berkshire Hathaway are making their biggest gains in years. Household goods makers are returning a chunk of their recent gains and technology companies are lagging behind the rest of the market.
Bowing to Trump, Novartis Joins Pfizer in Freezing Drug Prices
The move comes as drug companies scramble to show they are responding to criticism about their rising prices, including from President Trump.
Tech We’re Using: When a Tech Reporter Doesn’t Use Much Tech
David Streitfeld has covered technology for years for The Times. He thinks the Luddites are misunderstood.
Ann Hopkins, Who Struck an Early Blow to the Glass Ceiling, Dies at 74
Her bosses at the office saw her as too “macho” and “aggressive” to be made a partner. The Supreme Court saw her as a victim of gender stereotyping.
The Highs and Lows of Lloyd Blankfein’s Career at Goldman Sachs
Mr. Blankfein has seen a lot during his 12 years atop Wall Street’s vaunted firm. Here are some of his most notable triumphs and setbacks.
There’s a Reason You’re Drinking So Much Aperol Spritz
It’s officially the drink of the summer, thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign by Campari.
For Manufacturers, a Complex Mix Can Determine Location
While rural areas offer manufacturers some advantages, they can no longer count on lower salaries for workers or finding employees with the skills they need.
G.M. Used Graffiti in a Car Ad. Should the Artist Be Paid?
As graffiti becomes a marketing tool, copyright law has struggled to catch up. A lawsuit could decide when an artist is entitled to compensation.
How to Prepare for a Stock Market Surprise
The markets have been fairly calm lately. But when financial stress returns, will you be prepared? We offer a classic solution, as well as market insight and analysis, in our quarterly report on investing.
Square Feet: A New Home for a Publisher and Its Priests
America Media, a 108-year-old Jesuit organization and the publisher of America magazine, needed a modern office for its operations that still reflected its faith.
Read Lloyd Blankfein’s Farewell Memo to His Goldman Sachs Team
The firm’s chief executive has announced the end of his tenure after 12 years in the role. Here’s how he said goodbye.
Australian Housing Costs Rival New York’s, but Boom May Be Ending
Home prices in Sydney and Melbourne are dropping after an astonishing run-up, as the government moves to cool the market and households borrow too much.
DealBook Briefing: Media Merger Mania Takes a Cold Shower
The F.C.C. is skeptical of Sinclair’s bid for Tribune. That raises questions about the Trump administration’s appetite for consolidation.
White Collar Watch: Bail After Federal Convictions Tells Prosecutors ‘It Ain’t Over’
Twice last month an appeals court ordered bail for defendants convicted of white-collar crimes, a good sign that they have a chance of winning their appeals.
Netflix, the Stock Market’s Big Hope, Disappoints
The video streaming giant’s stock plunged after its subscriber growth fell short.
DealBook: A Surprising Bid for Remington, and an Unsurprising Rejection
The Navajo Nation made a cash offer for the gun maker, with the intention of pushing it toward “smart gun” technology.
CVS Fires 2 for Calling Police on Black Woman Over Coupon
The woman said a manager at a Chicago store thought the coupon was fraudulent. She recorded a video of a manager calling the police.
Blood Pressure Medicine Is Recalled
The F.D.A. announced that batches of a widely used generic drug, valsartan, made in China, might be tainted with a probable cancer-causing ingredient.
In Blow to Sinclair, F.C.C. Chief Says He Has ‘Serious Concerns’ With Tribune Deal
Ajit Pai said he wanted a judge to review aspects of the deal, an about-face for a chairman whose policy changes have seemed to mostly benefit the broadcast company.
TV Anchors Agape After the Trump-Putin Appearance
“Disgraceful,” Anderson Cooper of CNN said at the end of a news conference during which the reporters Jonathan Lemire and Jeff Mason asked tough questions.
Uber Is Target of Federal Sex Discrimination Inquiry
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating the ride-hailing company’s hiring and pay practices.
Prolonged Trade War Could Set Off a Market Slide, BlackRock’s Fink Says
The chief executive of the world’s largest fund manager warned that a sustained trade war could cause markets to tumble.
Deutsche Bank Surprises Investors With Estimate-Busting Profit
The announcement was a rare piece of good news for Germany’s biggest lender, which has grappled with a seemingly unending string of crises in recent years.
DealBook Briefing: Trump’s Latest Trade Enemy Is Europe
President Trump has singled out Europe as a trade foe. Some people worry that President Vladimir Putin of Russia might exploit that tension.
From the Sky to Your Home, Plane Parts Get a Second Life
While the average jet’s life span is 25 years, a stunning array of art and functional objects made from their remains can be useful far, far longer.
Tired of Being Crammed Into an Airline Seat? You Have Options
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Are You Ready to Fly Without a Human Pilot?
Rapid advances in airplane technology make pilotless flying possible sooner than anticipated — but the biggest manufacturers say other advances are likely first.
Luxury Lounge Wars Heat Up as Airlines Vie for High-End Passengers
The disparity between the haves and have-nots in airline travel extends well beyond the cabin experience and is increasingly playing out inside the terminals.
Zhengzhou Dispatch: Looking Through the Eyes of China’s Surveillance State
A rare chance to try on a tool of a would-be surveillance dystopia gave a glimpse of the wariness that a closely watched populace can’t hide.
Goldman Expected to Name David Solomon as Successor to C.E.O. Lloyd Blankfein
David M. Solomon, president of Goldman Sachs, is expected to be named its future chief as soon as Monday, helping him line up his own new team.
China’s Strong Economic Growth Figures Belie Signs of Weakness
A 6.7 percent expansion rate comes amid signs that Beijing’s efforts to tame debt, the trade dispute with the U.S. and other problems are taking a toll.
After Storm, Foreclosures in Puerto Rico Stopped. They’re Starting Again.
Wall Street investors and banks are beginning to file foreclosure cases in the United States territory as several moratoriums come to an end.
Amazon’s Curious Case of the $2,630.52 Used Paperback
Booksellers on the online marketplace are charging thousands for books that normally sell for a few dollars. Authors are perplexed — and annoyed.
the week ahead: Banks Report Earnings, and Google Faces Antitrust Fines
The Fed chairman will testify before panels in the House and Senate, and the Commerce Department will holding hearings on auto tariffs.
Paul Ryan Says His SUV Was ‘Eaten by Animals.’ Here’s How to Protect Your Vehicle From Wildlife.
The House speaker said woodchucks chewed the wiring out from his Chevrolet Suburban: “And so my car was eaten by animals, and it’s just dead.”
Soon Only One Blockbuster Will Be Left in the United States
The planned closings of two Blockbuster video stores in Alaska will leave one store in central Oregon as the last one in the United States.
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?"

Dr. Pamela Imperato at Davenport University.
Pamela Imperato, Ph.D.

Dean for the Donald W. Maine College of Business
Professor Jennifer Byron at Davenport University.
Jennifer Byron, MBA

Associate Dean in the College of Business
Dr. Michael Carey at Davenport University.
Mike Carey, Ph.D. MBA. CM
Associate Dean
Director of Graduate Programs
Professor Misty Davis at Davenport University.
Misty Davis, JD

Department Chair in Legal Studies and Human Resource Management
Dr. Linda Goulet at Davenport University
Linda Goulet, DBA

Department Chair for Marketing
Professor Grant Lee at Davenport University.
Grant Lee, MAcc

Department Chair for Accounting and Finance
Dr. Vivianne Moore at Davenport University
Vivianne Moore, DM, MS

Department Chair for Management
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