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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 bachelors 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 students' 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
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.

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
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.
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
In Navient Lawsuits, Unsettling Echoes of Past Lending Crisis
The largest U.S. collector of student loan payments is accused of engaging in the sloppiness and misleading tactics seen in the subprime market.
Your Money: 6 Tips for Avoiding the Worst Student Loan Repayment Traps
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accused Navient, the nation’s largest student loan servicer, of much wrongdoing. Here’s how to steer clear of problems.
What a Woman Who Studies Gender Inequality Saw at a Gathering of the Global Elite
Following a behavioral economist from Harvard as she navigates the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where 80 percent of the participants are men.
Women’s March Draws ‘Duty-Bound’ From Wall Street
Financial professionals, not known for political protest because of its potential to hurt their careers, are joining the Washington event in force.
Dow Industrials Turn Higher After 5 Straight Losses
U.S. stocks edged higher in midday trading Friday following Donald Trump's swearing in as the 45th president of the United States. Phone company stocks led the gainers. Materials and energy companies also rose. Industrial, utilities and health care stocks headed lower. Investors were also weighing the latest batch of company earnings and outlooks.
Reporter's Notebook: A Clown and a Correspondent Join the Global Elite
Ben Hubbard, a Mideast correspondent for The Times, tags along with his wife, a storyteller who was invited to Davos as a “Cultural Leader.”
Tesla’s Self-Driving System Cleared in Deadly Crash
The highway agency found that while Tesla’s Autopilot feature didn’t prevent a crash in Florida, the system performed as it was intended.
Issues of Riches Trip Up Steven Mnuchin and Other Nominees
Mr. Mnuchin, who failed to disclose nearly $100 million in assets, said the disclosure forms were “complicated” and his omissions were “unintentional.”
China’s Economy Grows Strongly, Yet Central Bank Eases Policy
Rising debt helped fuel growth last year. But the central bank told big banks that they could lend even more during an upcoming holiday period.
Former Top British Official to Join BlackRock as an Adviser
The move by George Osborne, the former chancellor of the Exchequer, is the latest example of British politicians taking financial jobs.
Theresa May Says Britain Will Lead a New Era of Free Trade
It was a jarring note from the leader of a country leaving the world’s largest free-trade group. She also urged the Davos elite to seriously address inequality.
For-Profit Law School Is Cut Off From Federal Student Loans
The Education Department told the Charlotte School of Law that its students would not be eligible for federal aid because it did not meet standards.
Woody Johnson, New York Jets Owner, Will Be Ambassador to Britain
Mr. Johnson is an old friend of President-elect Donald J. Trump, who has named just four ambassadors since his election in November.
Author Who Turns Classics Into Children’s Books Is Sued
Two publishers and the estates of Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Kerouac, Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway accused Fredrik Colting of copyright infringement.
A Rediscovered Mark Twain Fairy Tale Is Coming Soon
A fanciful bedtime story that he told his daughters will finally be finished and released, more than a century after he wrote it.
Adventures in Capitalism: For Trump’s Nominees, a Billionaires’ Guide to Running the Government
President-elect Donald J. Trump says the federal government can be managed like a business. We’re about to find out if he’s right.
Wealth Matters: Kroc’s Giving, Like McDonald’s Meals, Was Fast and Super-Sized
What do you do with all that money when you can never spend it all? After Ray Kroc amassed a vast fortune, his third wife, Joan, gave most of it to philanthropic causes.
At Trump Hotel in Washington, Champagne Toasts in an Ethical ‘Minefield’
From the moment he is sworn in, the new president, Donald J. Trump, may be in violation of a lease with the federal government.
Your Money Adviser: Time Is Not on Your Side When It Comes to Credit Debt
If you overspent on holiday gifts, credit experts advise that you pay down your card balance as quickly as possible.
Two Retirees Create Marijuana Packaging Business in Colorado
A retired schoolteacher and a former marketing executive built a company in Colorado that sells child-resistant containers to cannabis dispensaries.
Corner Office: Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter on Leading Through Clarity and Conduct
The outgoing secretary of defense says providing a clear sense of direction is especially important in the national security area.
The Workologist: I’m Here to Work. Not to Be Your Friend.
Separate the personal from the professional if colleagues rub you the wrong way, but let the boss know if they’re not doing their job.
Wheels: A Whiff of a New-Car Smell, Just a Page Flip Away
For Steve Hayes, a childhood hobby turned into a collection of 13,500 automotive marketing brochures. Most of them will soon be up for sale.
In Debt: Debt-Exchange Offers Get a New Lease on Life
A recent decision by a federal appeals court means that restructuring advisers can go back to being cunning about designing new and ever more forcible exchange offers.
Tech Tip: How Your Phone Knows Where You Have Been
Most smartphones can store a visual history of your travels based on your GPS data, but you can turn it off.
Wayne Barrett, Fierce Muckraker at The Village Voice, Dies at 71
In 37 years at The Village Voice, Mr. Barrett took on New York’s builders, landlords and politicians, among them Donald J. Trump and Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Op-Ed Columnist: America’s Great Working-Class Colleges
Dozens of colleges are vaulting thousands of low-income students into the middle class and beyond, and yet are being starved of funding.
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
Bob Clarkson, Ed.D. MBA, PMP

Department Chair for Sport Management

Bob.Clarkson@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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