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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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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.

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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.

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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
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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Accreditation

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

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Global 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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Internships

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
Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook as Furor Over Its Tactics Grows
Mr. Zuckerberg said that he wouldn’t step down as chairman and that his No. 2, Sheryl Sandberg, was “doing great work” despite questions about their management.
‘No Morals’: Advertisers React to Facebook Report
Several top marketers were critical of the tech giant after The New York Times reported how it ignored and hid warning signs that it was being exploited to disrupt elections and spread toxic content.
The Look of Amazon’s HQ2 Winners, Before Amazon
Crystal City in Virginia and Long Island City in Queens are about to become home to an internet giant. They will probably never appear the same again.
‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students.
A job at Facebook is plum. But at a recent university hackathon, some young engineers showed a changing attitude toward working at the social network.
Hedge Fund Billionaire Battles Patrician Family for Campbell Soup
Daniel Loeb’s latest activist campaign has pitted him against the heirs of John T. Dorrance, who own more than 40 percent of the company and have three seats on the board.
He Was 302 Pounds, but in This Battle, He’s David and Not Goliath
As president of the N.F.L. Players Association, Eric Winston is up against billionaire owners, the commander in chief and an existential threat to football itself.
Facebook Cuts Ties With Washington Firm That Sought to Discredit Social Network’s Critics
The social network faced scrutiny for working with the consulting firm, which tried to discredit critics and rivals of the Silicon Valley giant.
Common Sense: Why Amazon Chose the Wrong Locations for Its HQ2
Amazon missed an opportunity to generate good will and bridge the divide between red and blue America by picking a city in the heartland.
Dell Offers More Money to Investors to Ease Its Return to the Stock Market
The computer company sweetened a bid to buy out shareholders in a special class of stock to about $23.9 billion.
The Price of Cool: A Teen, a Juul and Nicotine Addiction
E-cigarettes may help tobacco smokers quit. But the alluring devices can swiftly induce a nicotine habit in teenagers who never smoked. The tale of one teen’s struggle.
Can New York City’s Mayor Be an Amazon Booster and Still Be Progressive?
Mayor de Blasio’s progressive allies have lashed out at the heavy subsidies for Amazon’s move to Queens.
She Couldn’t Quit Smoking. Then She Tried Juul.
Millions embrace e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids. Will restricting the devices for teenagers put former adult smokers who vape at risk to start again?
When Getting Money Hurts
How to untangle financial compensation from the emotional pain of the traumatic events that led to the payments.
Protecting It: Flood Insurance: Knowing When the Risk Justifies the Cost
The danger of coastal flooding continues to rise. So, too, does the price of flood insurance, which you may be required to buy even when it’s not necessary.
Real Estate’s Constant Conflict
Whether to rent or to buy is one of life’s most daunting decisions. Owning helps build equity; but renting offers freedom. Our guide offers much-needed clarity.
Fed Chairman Seeks to Reassure Those Left Behind by Roaring Economy
As he toured Houston, Jerome H. Powell, the Fed chairman, told residents that the Fed understands the economic recovery has been uneven and parts of the United States remain distressed.
Trending: The Best Shopping Holiday for Travelers May Not Be Black Friday (but It’s Close)
There are definitely flight deals to be had during the holiday shopping season if you want to plan a winter escape. But knowing which day to buy is not as clear.
Pound Slides as Brexit Turmoil Hits Britain Again
The decline in the currency comes as the British government struggles to find support for its plans to leave the European Union.
Work Friend: What We Really Think About Millennials at Work
We like you. You’re wonderful. Just please stop calling your parents every day. They already wrote your college essay! They can’t help you now!
Meanwhile: Green Burials: At the End of Life, Thinking Outside the Coffin
They offer lower costs, fewer chemicals and a quicker route to being reborn — in one sense, anyway.
Like a Boss: Megan Abbott’s Work Diary: ‘My Psychiatrist Notes How Tired I Look, Which Is Great’
The author of nine acclaimed novels, including “Give Me Your Hand” and “Dare Me,” is adapting four (four!) of them for TV.
For a Buck and Sometimes a Buzz, Brewers Are Putting Cannabis Into Cans
As laws relax on recreational use, marijuana derivatives — from THC to terpenes — are showing up in beers and nonalcoholic drinks.
F.D.A. Seeks Restrictions on Teens’ Access to Flavored E-Cigarettes and a Ban on Menthol Cigarettes
The agency declined to prohibit sales of the popular vaping flavors, and will begin the process to outlaw menthol cigarettes.
White Collar Watch: Goldman Blames Rogue Staff for Its 1MDB Scandal. That May Not Wash.
Goldman Sachs seems unlikely to be able to slough off its role in the looting of a multibillion-dollar Malaysian government investment fund as the work of a few miscreants.
Breakingviews: China’s Impact Investment? That’s Mainly a Project for Foreign Investors
In China, local share owners simply expect returns and information on which to judge sustainability is scarce. So impact investment remains a luxury.
Why the Housing Market Is Slumping Despite a Booming Economy
Home prices are out of reach relative to incomes and mortgage rates. The big question for the economy is how the imbalance adjusts.
What Tesla’s ‘Delivery Logistics Hell’ Is Like for Model 3 Buyers
So close to getting their cars, some customers have encountered delays, mix-ups or quality problems as Elon Musk’s operation tries to work out kinks.
Luxury Brands Buy Supply Chains to Ensure Meeting Demand
The luxury markets are booming to such an extent that brands look to ensure they can meet demand by buying companies that supply their raw materials.
DealBook Briefing: How Facebook Wrestled With Its Scandals
A new investigation by the NYT reveals how the company fought its critics with delays, denials and frantic Washington lobbying.
Everything on Amazon Is Amazon!
The infinite retailer appears to be ushering untold numbers of stealth brands into your life, even as it plans to take over the East Coast. If you like Ween Charm, you’ll love Austin Mill!
What to Know About Getting a Flu Shot This Year, No Matter Who’s Paying
Flu season is here, and there are at least six types of vaccine to choose from. It’s worth studying the options to determine which is likely to protect you the most.
Scandals Catch Up to Private Chinese Hospitals, After Fortunes Are Made
The Putian network of 8,000 facilities, which expanded rapidly with little government oversight, is facing national outrage and scrutiny over a death and fraud allegations.
Some New Yorkers Hate the Amazon Deal. Can They Stop It?
The deal reached between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Amazon was constructed to blunt the veto power of local politicians.
In an Uncertain Real Estate Market, Try Before You Buy
A sense of uncertainty is causing some buyers, particularly at the high end of the market, to be more discerning.
How Parents Teach Smart Spending With Apps, Not Cash
Apps can replace a paper-money allowance for children, encouraging them not only to do their chores but also to save and spend their money carefully.
The Start-Up Offering Credit to Other Start-Ups
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Damage Control at Facebook: 6 Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation
An investigation by The New York Times revealed how Facebook fought back against critics during a flood of crises — with delays, denials and an influence campaign in Washington.
Powell Says Fed Deserves Credit for Economic Growth
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California Utility Customers May Be on Hook for Billions in Wildfire Damage
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Tech We’re Using: The Essentials for Covering Silicon Valley: Burner Phones and Doorbells
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Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis
Russian meddling, data sharing, hate speech — the social network faced one scandal after another. This is how Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg responded.
Uber’s Losses Continue Ahead of Initial Public Offering
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German Economy Shrinks Unexpectedly, Adding to Europe’s Risk
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Caroline Rose Hunt, 95, Dies; Turned Inheritance Into Vast Wealth
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Breakingviews: U.S. Companies Are Fighting Their Big Pharma Addiction
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Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can’t Happen Fast Enough
Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab is one of the largest institutions in the world focused on education and research for the next generation of cybersecurity experts.
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

pamela.imperato@davenport.edu
Professor Jennifer Byron at Davenport University.
Jennifer Byron, MBA

Associate Dean in the College of Business

Jennifer.Byron@davenport.edu
Dr. Michael Carey at Davenport University.
Mike Carey, Ph.D. MBA. CM
Associate Dean
Director of Graduate Programs
Michael.Carey@davenport.edu
Professor Misty Davis at Davenport University.
Misty Davis, JD

Department Chair in Legal Studies and Human Resource Management

mdavis125@davenport.edu
Dr. Linda Goulet at Davenport University
Linda Goulet, DBA

Department Chair for Marketing

Linda.goulet@davenport.edu
Professor Grant Lee at Davenport University.
Grant Lee, MAcc

Department Chair for Accounting and Finance

Grant.Lee@davenport.edu
Dr. Vivianne Moore at Davenport University
Vivianne Moore, DM, MS

Department Chair for Management

Vivianne.Moore@davenport.edu
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