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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.
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?

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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
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.
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.
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
Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?
Its ambitions mingle sci-fi ideas and big money with the needs of an authoritarian state.
Fair Game: The Trump Effect on C.E.O. Pay
A close look at the numbers suggests that the levitating 2016 stock market was a powerful driver of C.E.O. pay.
Route to Air Travel Discomfort Starts on Wall Street
Investors’ relentless emphasis on the bottom line is fueling consumer frustration, and even episodes of air rage.
As C.E.O. Pay Packages Grow, Top Executives Have the President’s Ear
The top 200 chief executives, who make more than last year, are holding meetings with President Trump, who is considering rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations.
Mother of Uber Chief Executive Killed in Boating Accident
Travis Kalanick’s father was also seriously injured in the accident on Friday near Fresno, Calif., the company said.
Memo From Moscow: Will Russia Stick to Promise to Cut Output With OPEC? Skepticism Abounds
The Kremlin has a long history of trying to jawbone up global oil prices while doing as little as possible, or nothing, to curb output.
System Failure at British Airways Shuts Down Flights Out of London
The airline canceled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports in London on Saturday after what it said was a “major I.T. failure” caused a global system shutdown.
With a Presidential Boost, the P.G.A. Comes to Trump National
The event, the Senior P.G.A. Championship, illustrates the pitfalls associated with a president unwilling to make a clean break with his commercial empire.
Coal Country’s Power Plants Are Turning Away From Coal
Corporate demand for electricity from renewable sources to meet clean-energy goals is leading utilities to cut the use of a politically prized fuel.
Your Coffee Is From Where? California?
Farmers in Southern California are nurturing coffee bushes in what may be the first serious effort to commercialize beans from the contiguous United States.
A Russian Businessman’s Road From Siberia to Success
A cosmetics company is a rare bright spot for a Russian economy that has been languishing in recent years.
Expecting a Big Economic Bump? It’s Looking Less Likely
With headwinds from trade, forecasts for this quarter are turning more tepid and point to a continuation of steady but not stellar growth.
China Moves to Stabilize Currency, Despite Promise to Loosen Control
Beijing may make the renminbi less responsive to market moves, which could stem a flight of money out of the country but undermine earlier promises.
Big Payoff After Blackstone Courted a Saudi Prince
Saudi Arabia’s largest sovereign wealth fund will make a $20 billion investment in a new Blackstone infrastructure project, which could then double in size.
Trump Administration Considers Moving Student Loans from Education Department to Treasury
A program that handles more than $1 trillion in debt for 43 million students is in play, and the head of it has resigned in protest.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Great American Road Trip
The Facebook chief plans to visit every state in the union and learn more about a sliver of the nearly two billion people who use the social network regularly.
Your Money Adviser: Graduating? Here’s What to Know About Your Student Loans
Keep in touch with your servicer, the company that manages your loans, and life will be much easier.
Bits: Farhad’s and Sheera’s Week in Tech: The Dark, Terrifying World of Hackers
The Times’s new cybersecurity reporter explains why the prospect of self-driving cars strikes fear in the hearts of security reearchers.
Economic View: The Question Isn’t Why Wage Growth Is So Low. It’s Why It’s So High.
Worker pay isn’t rising as fast as low unemployment rates would suggest. That reflects low productivity growth, a major challenge for the economy.
Wealth Matters: To Invest in Your Child’s Theater Dreams, First Invest in the Theater
Some parents find that backing a Broadway production helps give them, and their children, a practical sense of the business.
Book Entry: Review: How Laws of Physics Govern Growth in Business and in Cities
In his new book, “Scale,” Geoffrey West, a theoretical physicist, manages to deliver a lot of theory and history accessibly and entertainingly.
Wheels: What Self-Driving Cars See
Lidar, the sensing technology, is the centerpiece of an intense court fight in California between two key players on the road, Uber and Waymo.
Can the Paris Climate Deal Survive a Trump-Style Renegotiation?
Some advocates of global climate action think the pact would be stronger if the United States simply left, rather than remaining in and demanding big changes.
Vocations: Finding Meaning in Health Crises
A hospital chaplain counsels people in the throes of medical emergencies, unexpected diagnoses and end-of-life decisions.
Retiring: Older Women and Medical Marijuana: A New Growth Industry
Some who have had their pain alleviated by cannabis are starting businesses to help others.
Common Sense: Buy? Sell? Politics May Move the Market, but Rarely for Long
Whether Brexit or Brazil, scandal or crisis, what seems momentous news can be shaky ground for investment decisions, as some hedge funds have found.
Corner Office: Elisa Steele on Trusting Your Instincts
The chief executive of Jive Software says that she learned through experience not to assume that others had better answers than she did.
The Workologist: Welcome Aboard! And by the Way: I Quit
A manager wonders about the ethics of recruiting new workers while simultaneously pursuing a job elsewhere.
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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