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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.

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.

 

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
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.
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Accreditation

All of Davenport University programs are accreditated 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.

Davenport News
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
State of the Art: Gawker’s Gone. Long Live Gawker.
Even if you avoided Gawker.com, you can’t escape its influence. Elements of its tone, style, sensibility, business model and work flow have colonized just about every other media company.
Apple Becomes a Green Energy Supplier, With Itself as Customer
As a wholesaler, the company can cut power costs and carbon dioxide emissions. It will get much of its supply from a solar energy farm now being built.
Pandora Looks for a Way Out of the Doldrums. Cue Questlove.
The involvement of Questlove, of the Roots, is an important endorsement as the internet radio giant tries to compete directly with Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.
Turing Pharmaceuticals Accused of Retaliating for Sex Assault Complaint
The woman said she had been a candidate for chief executive but was told she would not be eligible after a founder of the company resigned.
Occupying the Prairie: Tensions Rise as Tribes Move to Block a Pipeline
A federal court will hear arguments Wednesday in a suit to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, which the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says threatens water supplies and sacred lands.
New York Times’s Moscow Bureau Was Targeted by Hackers
A spokeswoman for The Times said there was no evidence that any of the bureau’s internal systems were compromised in an attempted breach this month.
Graduate Students Clear Hurdle in Effort to Form Union
A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board involving students at Columbia opens the door for teaching assistants at private universities to organize.
Fans.Com Is a Place to Talk About Concerts
An entrepreneur bets there is room in the crowded social media space for at least one more platform.
Delphi and Mobileye to Produce System for Self-Driving Cars
The companies said they expected to demonstrate their system in January at International CES and to begin production within two years.
Apollo Global Settles Securities Case as S.E.C. Issues $53 Million Fine
The deal resolves accusations that Apollo misled its investors about two different issues and separately failed to supervise a senior executive suspected of misconduct.
Economic Trends: The Housing Market Is Finally Starting to Look Healthy
Millennials are in the mood to buy, and homebuilders are starting to produce more of the starter houses they demand.
20th Century Fox Movie Studio Expedites Leadership Change
Stacey Snider, will succeed Jim Gianopulos at the top of the movie studio on Sept. 1, rather than next June as previously announced
U.S. Trade Judge Clears Fitbit of Stealing Jawbone's Trade Secrets
Fitbit Inc did not steal rival Jawbone's trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, dashing Jawbone's hopes of securing an import ban against Fitbit's wearable fitness tracking devices.
Andrea Tantaros of Fox News Claims Retaliation for Sex Harassment Complaints
The former host charged that top executives at the network punished her for complaining about sexual harassment by Roger Ailes.
Lawyer for Melania Trump Threatens Defamation Suits Against News Outlets
The lawyer warned that organizations including The Daily Mail could face legal action for “defamatory statements” about Ms. Trump “supposedly having been an ‘escort’ in the 1990s.”
By Degrees: America’s First Offshore Wind Farm May Power Up a New Industry
A just-completed project off the coast of Rhode Island, though relatively tiny, is at the forefront of a sea-based transition to renewable energy.
High-Price Ethanol Credits Add to Refiners’ Woes
The cost of credits for renewable fuels is soaring, hurting the profits and share prices of independent refiners that do not add biofuels to their products.
Japan, Seeking to Regain Manufacturing Might, Bets on Aerospace
The Mitsubishi Regional Jet has become a symbol of national pride and industrial renewal, but it is plagued by delays and cost overruns.
Pfizer to Buy Cancer Drug Maker in $14 Billion Deal
The frenzy over Medivation, which makes treatments for prostate and breast cancers, shows what pharmaceutical companies are willing to pay for oncology deals.
White Collar Watch: An Insider Trading Case That Pit Father Against Son
Sean Stewart is likely to go to jail after his father, who made $150,000 from trading on tips passed by his son, refused to testify in his defense.
Deal Professor: Trying to Turn Back the Clock on Deals Gone Sour
Several clawback cases over buyouts that ended badly have resulted in thousands of shareholders fighting to keep the money that was paid to them.
Liberal, Moderate or Conservative? See How Facebook Labels You
Take these steps to discover how the social network categorizes your political leanings.
Square Feet: On the Potomac, Change Comes to Alexandria’s Old Town
Plans are going forward for hotels, upscale housing, retail space and riverfront walkways, though longtime residents continue to have some misgivings.
The New Health Care: The EpiPen, a Case Study in Health Care System Dysfunction
It’s a simple, lifesaving medication — yet hurdles to market entry allow a company that makes it to keep raising the price.
Mediator: Sean Hannity Turns Adviser in the Service of Donald Trump
Mr. Hannity has given Mr. Trump and those around him suggestions on strategy and messaging while still hosting his show on Fox News.
Rent-to-Own Homes: A Win-Win for Landlords, a Risk for Struggling Tenants
A new breed of landlord is blurring the line between renter and homeowner, but these firms claim they’re bringing homeownership to those who can’t get mortgages.
Tech Tip: Turn Your Smartphone Into a Pocket Scanner
If your mobile gadget has a good camera and you have the right app, you do not need anything more to make quick digital copies of documents.
Nonfiction: Overselling A.D.H.D.: A New Book Exposes Big Pharma’s Role
“ADHD Nation,” by Alan Schwarz, is important, humane and compellingly written.
Op-Ed Contributor: Does Airbnb Enable Racism?
For one thing, it should stop using profile pictures before booking.
Lou Pearlman, Svengali Behind Backstreet Boys and ’NSync, Dies at 62
The music producer helped pioneer the boy-band phenomenon before he was convicted of running a $300 million Ponzi scheme and sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
On Technology: Turning Instagram Into a Radically Unfiltered Travel Guide
Exploring the app’s geolocation tags can transform it into an innovative and frenetic sort of tourism map — one tailored just for you.
A Mail Boat Stays Afloat
The J.W. Westcott II — the only boat with its own ZIP code — sails from Detroit delivering parcels and pizzas to sailors on the Great Lakes.
Private Equity Pursues Profits in Keeping the Elderly at Home
PACE, a Medicare program that helps keep older people in their own homes, is allowing for-profit companies in. Tech and venture capital have expressed interest.
Fair Game: Bloated Pay Came Before Hain Celestial’s Error
Investors were stunned when Hain said it had an accounting problem, but clues to oversight problems had been evident for a while in the company’s excessive executive pay.
Faculty and Staff Members
Pamela Imperato, Ph.D.

Dean for the Donald W. Maine College of Business

pamela.imperato@davenport.edu
Jennifer Byron

Associate Dean in the College of Business

Jennifer.Byron@davenport.edu
Mike Carey, MBA. CM

Department Chair for Marketing

Michael.Carey@davenport.edu
Bob Clarkson, MBA, PMP

Department Chair for Sport Management

Bob.Clarkson@davenport.edu
Barb Craft, JD

Department Chair for Legal Studies and Human Resource Management

Barb.Craft@davenport.edu
Grant Lee, MAcct

Department Chair for Accounting and Finance

Grant.Lee@davenport.edu
Margaret Mwenda, Ph.D.

Department Chair for Management

mmwenda@davenport.edu
Jackie Anderson, MBA

Jackie is an Associate Professor in Management.

Jackie.Anderson@davenport.edu
Sally Armstrong, MBA, MA, DipM

Sally is the Associate Department Chair for Management

Sally.Armstrong@davenport.edu
Jack Cichy, Ph.D., Ed.S., MA, CM, CHA, CFBE

Jack is a Professor in Management

jcichy@davenport.edu
Linda Crosby, MBA

Linda is the Associate Department Chair in Marketing

lcrosby@davenport.edu
Misty Davis, JD

Misty is the Associate Department Chair in Legal Studies and Human Resource Management

mdavis125@davenport.edu
Leslie Gale, MS

Leslie is the Associate Department Chair in Management.

Lesley.Gale@davenport.edu
Jim Gort, Ph.D., MM

Jim is the Associate Department Chair in Management.

Jgort@davenport.edu
Scott Gumieny, MBA

Scott is an Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance.

Scott.Gumieny@davenport.edu
Racheal Hayes, MBA

Racheal is an Associate Department Chair in Accounting and Finance.

rhayes14@davenport.edu
Erika Hoy, CPA, MSA

Erika is an Associate Profession in Accounting and Finance.

ehoy@davenport.edu
Deb Kiss, JD, CPA, CMA, CIA, CFE

Deb is an Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance.

Deb.Kiss@davenport.edu
Judy Knapp, MBA

Judy is an Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance.

Judy.Knapp@davenport.edu
Brian Moore, MSF

Brian is an Associate Department Chair in Accounting and Finance.

Brian.Moore@davenport.edu
Frank Novakowski, Ph.D., MEd, MBA

Frank is an Associate Profession in Management.

Frank.Novakowski@davenport.edu
Micki Pitcher, MBA

Micki is an Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance.

mpitcher1@davenport.edu
Todd Pitts, MBA

Todd is an Associate Professor in Management.

Todd.Pitts@davenport.edu
Lorely Polanco-Alimonos, MBA

Lorely is an Associate Department Chair in Marketing

lpolanco@davenport.edu
Steve Prawdzik, MBA

Steve in as Associate Department Chair in Sport Management.

Steven.Prawdzik@davenport.edu
Tom Price, MBA, CWS, AIFA

Tom in an Associate Department Chair in Accounting and Finance.

Thomas.Price@davenport.edu
Dale Prondzinski, MBA, DBA

Dale is an Associate Department Chair in Accounting and Finance.

Dale.Prondzinski@davenport.edu
Deb Schoenwether, MBA

Deb is an Associate Department Chair in Management.

Deb.Schoenwether@davenport.edu
Larry Simpson, CPA, MBA, CGMA

Larry is an Associate Department Chair in Accounting and Finance.

Larry.Simpson@davenport.edu
Todd Terry, MBA

Todd is an Associate Department Chair in Management.

Todd.Terry@davenport.edu
James Turner

James is an Associate Professor in Management.

James.Turner@davenport.edu
Marjolijn van der Velde, Ph.D., MBA, MEd, CM

Marjolijn is an Associate Professor in Managment.

Marjolijn.Vandervelde@davenport.edu
Tamara Vandenberg, MBA, CMA

Tamara is an Associate Department Chair in Accounting and Finance.

tvandenberg6@davenport.edu
Dan Wiljanen, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Dan is an Associate Professor in Management.

Dan.Wiljanen@davenport.edu
James Young, CPHQ, PCMH

James is an Associate Department Chair in Management.

jyoung66@davenport.edu
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