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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
Career Fair
Davenport University partners with Grand Valley State University for their bi-annual Career Fairs in downtown Grand Rapids. These high profile events typically attract over 1,800 students and alumni from all colleges and majors, and over 230 regional and national employers with thousands of jobs, internships, clinical and co-op opportunities.
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow
The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows (WWVF) program, operating for more than 40 years, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the U.S. for substantive dialog with students and faculty members. The WWVF visit was made possible by grant funding made by the M.E. Davenport Foundation.
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.


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.


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
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!
Global News in Business
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Consumers in some states will also find significantly fewer insurance companies offering coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
AARP Sues U.S. Over Rules for Wellness Programs
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s rules allow employers to offer up to 30 percent off health insurance coverage for participants.
State of the Art: AT&T-Time Warner Deal Is a Shot in the Dark
AT&T’s $85 billion deal for Time Warner is a ploy to do something — anything — in the face of a rapidly changing media landscape.
A Chilly Reaction to AT&T-Time Warner Deal
A look at where the AT&T deal leaves other prominent media companies and what some think they might attempt to do in response.
Code Names and Covert Meetings in AT&T’s Courtship of Time Warner
The secrecy surrounding the $85.4 billion merger was viewed as essential for a deal sure to raise concerns among lawmakers and consumer advocacy groups.
AT&T Set to Lobby for Merger With Deep Pockets and a Big Network
As a multimillion-dollar donor to lawmakers, with a huge roster of lobbyists, the communications giant is ready to pursue its $85 billion bid for Time Warner.
Wall St. Wavers on Disappointing Company Reports
Shares of the apparel maker Under Armour sank as investors worried that its growth was slowing.
The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own
The United States has put artificial intelligence at the center of its defense strategy, with weapons that can identify targets and make decisions.
Self-Driving Truck’s First Mission: A Beer Run
Otto, the Uber-owned self-driving vehicle operation, delivered 2,000 cases of Budweiser 120 miles to Colorado Springs from Fort Collins, Colo.
As Europe and Asia Hoard Cash, Economists See Echoes of Crisis
Foreign investors are rushing to plow cash into the United States bond market, recalling a wave of investment in mortgage-backed securities in the 2000s.
MetLife Again Faces Off With Regulators Over Its Too-Big-to-Fail Status
In a Washington appeals court, judges heard arguments about whether the insurance giant deserved to be labeled a systemically important financial institution.
TD Ameritrade to Buy Scottrade in $4 Billion Deal
The acquisition would add scale to TD Ameritrade’s retail brokerage business and more than quadruple the size of its branch network, the company said.
New York Times Company Buys The Wirecutter
The company also bought The Sweethome, a sister site. Both are product recommendation websites that offer guides on tech gadgets and home products.
China Oceanwide Dips Into American Insurance, Buying Genworth
The Chinese conglomerate agreed to buy Genworth Financial of Virginia for $2.7 billion as the Chinese shopping spree in the United States continues.
General Motors Beats Earnings Expectations, Investor Fears Linger
General Motors Co shares fell over 3 percent on Tuesday despite better-than-expected third-quarter results amid fears that a slowdown in U.S. vehicle sales and currency turmoil in Europe will undercut future profits.
Fiat Chrysler Raises Earnings Forecasts After Q3 Results
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles increased its earnings forecast after returning to a profit in the third quarter, driven by strong results in North America.
Caterpillar Posts Lower Earnings, Cuts 2016 Outlook
Caterpillar Inc on Tuesday reported a sharply lower third-quarter profit after global economic weakness and an abundance of available used equipment slowed sales of its new machinery.
Merck Beats Street 3Q Forecasts, Hikes 2016 Profit Forecast
Restrained spending and higher sales of vaccines and prescription medicines for cancer and other diseases helped Merck & Co. post a 20 percent jump in third-quarter profit, easily beating Wall Street expectations.
Consumer Confidence Retreated Slightly in October
American consumers felt less confident this month, but the small retreat came after confidence had risen to a 20-month high in September.
3rd Heathrow Runway Backed by British Government
The move was intended to end years of political paralysis over aviation planning in southeast England, but a vote in Parliament will be delayed to let opponents have their say.
Monte dei Paschi to Cut Jobs and Close Branches in Turnaround Bid
The Italian lender also plans to sell some businesses as it seeks to raise $5.4 billion of fresh capital to shore up its balance sheet.
White House Letter: Next Job for Obama? Silicon Valley Is Hiring
The president, who has advocated cutting-edge research and built relationships with Silicon Valley companies, may be preparing for a role in the technology sector.
Itineraries: Brace Yourself for a Busy Holiday Season at Airports
Capping a year of lower ticket prices and growing numbers of passengers, the holidays could make airports more crowded than ever. It pays to start planning ahead.
How to Make Your Holiday Air Travel More Bearable
Strategies for booking, packing and beyond that can help minimize the hassle of crowds and long lines at the airport.
Sketch Guy: Do Your Investments Actually Help You Reach Your Goals?
The answer to this basic question is the key to ensuring you’re on the right path, a financial adviser writes.
White Collar Watch: Fighting Insider Trading Charges, Son Seeks Immunity for Father
Sean Stewart claims that prosecutors improperly threatened his father to keep him from testifying that there was no violation of the law.
Fearing Trump, Bar Association Stifles Report Calling Him a ‘Libel Bully’
Critics of the American Bar Association said the decision was ironic since the group is supposed to explore issues about threats to free speech.
What’s in a Name? When It’s ‘Trump Place,’ It’s a Revolt
At three large rental buildings on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a movement is underway to rid the properties of Donald J. Trump’s name.
I’m 29 and I never learned how money works. It’s time to fix that.
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Mediator: WikiLeaks’ Gift to American Democracy
Revelations about Donald Trump and the Clinton campaign have pulled back the curtain on the political-celebrity mythmaking the media too often abets.
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Fair Game: A Whistle Was Blown on ITT; 17 Years Later, It Collapsed
In the interim, the for-profit education company made billions off federal student aid, while students amassed mountains of debt and few job prospects.
A Constellation of Influencers: Behind the Curtain at Teneo
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Mutual Funds & E.T.F.s
A section on how funds performed in the third quarter of the year — and on where they may be heading.
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
Jennifer Byron, MBA

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

Department Chair for Marketing
Bob Clarkson, Ed.D. MBA, PMP

Department Chair for Sport Management
Misty Davis, JD

Department Chair in Legal Studies and Human Resource Management
Grant Lee, MAcc

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

Department Chair for Management
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