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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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Online 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
Instagram’s Co-Founders to Step Down From Company
Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Instagram’s co-founders, resigned from the photo app on Monday. Their exits add to the challenges facing Facebook, which owns the app.
How Instagram Rose Into a Cultural Powerhouse
Instagram’s co-founders, who resigned on Monday, presided over a company that boomed with help from technological advances and societal changes.
Kavanaugh’s Yearbook Page Is ‘Horrible, Hurtful’ to a Woman It Named
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and some high school friends described themselves in a yearbook as “Renate” alumni. The woman they were referring to is furious.
Supreme Court Fight Goes Prime Time With Kavanaugh’s Fox News Interview
Brett M. Kavanaugh submitted to questions about allegations of sexual misconduct, the first time in memory that a Supreme Court nominee was interviewed on TV before a confirmation vote.
Hotel Workers Fret Over a New Rival: Alexa at the Front Desk
As technologies threaten to displace service workers, unions are making job protection and new opportunities a priority in contract talks.
Walmart’s Veggie-Tracking B.L.T.: Blockchain Lettuce Technology
The giant retailer will begin requiring lettuce and spinach suppliers to contribute to a blockchain database that can rapidly pinpoint contamination.
Offering Manicures With Your Hot Pot, China’s Haidilao Plans a Global Push
The popular Chinese restaurant chain — which woos its customers with shoe-shining services, board games and other distractions — plans to raise $1 billion.
Michael Kors Nears Versace Purchase in Challenge to European Luxury Groups
Kors is acquiring the Italian fashion label amid a wave of consolidation within the industry.
Trump’s Tariffs May Hurt, but Quitting China Is Hard to Do
Companies are reconsidering where to put their factories as the trade war mounts, but few places can match China’s convenience and reliability.
DealBook Briefing: Instagram’s Co-Founders Are Leaving
Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, who carefully shaped the company even after Facebook acquired it, have resigned — and tension with Mark Zuckerberg may be to blame.
Book Entry: Review: Michael Ovitz Offers a Revealing Retelling of His Hollywood Career
“Who Is Michael Ovitz?” does not just want to recast the popular image of the co-founder of C.A.A..It seeks to settle countless scores and re-litigate old arguments.
‘Highly Aggressive’ Green Crabs From Canada Menace Maine’s Coast
The crabs, which are known as the “cockroach of the sea,” eat oysters, can prey on lobsters in groups and have been known to turn on each other, experts said.
Buybacks Continued to Boom Last Quarter: DealBook’s Closing Bell
Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index bought back a record $189.1 billion of their shares during the second quarter, up nearly 60 percent from a year ago.
Starbucks Plans Reshuffling That Will Trim Executive Ranks
Kevin Johnson, the C.E.O., notified staff of a restructuring to help the company accelerate its global growth, particularly in rising markets like China.
How to Stop Poaching and Protect Endangered Species? Forget the ‘Kingpins’
Authorities keep arresting people said to be bosses of wildlife trafficking, but that isn’t making a dent in the problem.
NBC’s Entertainment Chief Leaves in Latest Broadcast TV Shakeup
Robert Greenblatt is stepping away with NBC No. 1 in the ratings. His departure comes at a time of nearly unprecedented change at the highest ranks of the broadcast networks.
Sears C.E.O. Lampert Sounds Alarm on Bankruptcy Risk
Edward Lampert, the Sears chief executive whose hedge fund owns big chunks of the company’s debt, suggests selling stores and asking lenders to take equity stakes.
SiriusXM to Buy Pandora for $3.5 Billion in Bid to Expand Reach
SiriusXM had already invested $480 million in Pandora, which has struggled to grow in the face of competition from Spotify and Apple.
Telltale, Acclaimed Maker of Story-Based Video Games, Lays Off Most of Its Staff
Telltale Games, which developed games with strong stories based on “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones” and Batman, said that critical praise “did not translate to sales.”
DealBook Briefing: Was Sky Worth It?
Comcast beat 21st Century Fox to acquire the British broadcaster Sky with a $39 billion bid. It may be paying over the odds.
Get in Bed With Skynet
Robot furniture is happening. This is the single greatest thing to happen to humanity ever, the robots told us to say.
A G.O.P. Senate Candidate Highlights His Drug Industry Career. Should He?
The race for Senator Robert Menendez’s seat has proved competitive in deeply blue New Jersey. His Republican opponent, Bob Hugin, built his career in the pharmaceutical industry.
News Site to Investigate Big Tech, Helped by Craigslist Founder
The Markup, dedicated to investigating technology and its effect on society, will be led by two former ProPublica journalists. Craig Newmark gave $20 million to help fund the operation.
Trump’s China Fight Puts U.S. Tech in the Cross Hairs
As tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods go into effect on Monday, tech and telecom companies warn that America’s dominance is at risk.
In Beating Disney for Sky, Comcast Remains in the Game
Gaining control of the British pay-TV company was key for Comcast’s future plans, but it came at a steep price and Disney still has 21st Century Fox’s assets.
Advertising: Starring in That Drug Commercial? An Actual Patient
Pharmaceutical ads have long featured healthy-looking actors or celebrity pitches. Now there’s an increased desire to use people who have taken the medications.
Want to See What’s Up Amazon’s Sleeve? Take a Tour of Seattle
The e-commerce giant uses its headquarters city as a living laboratory, trying out new retail and logistics models.
App-Only Banks Rise in Europe and Aim at Traditional Lenders
Favorable regulations and an influx of venture capital have made London a testing ground for banks without physical branches.
OPEC Signals No Rush to Increase Oil Output
President Trump has been pressuring the oil producers to pump more and hold down prices. But the Saudis and their allies say customers have adequate supplies.
the week ahead: U.S. Tariffs on Chinese Goods to Take Effect, and the Fed Will Meet
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Walmart, Patagonia and Lyft Make Push to Increase Voter Turnout
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Comcast Outbids Fox for Control of British Broadcaster Sky
The winning bid values Sky, one of Europe’s top television companies, at about $39 billion. That’s nearly 61 percent more than Fox initially bid for Sky in 2016.
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Amazon, Google and Twitter executives are heading to Congress. Should legislators give consumers control over the data companies have on them?
China Cancels Plans for Trade Talks in Washington
The move comes shortly before President Trump’s biggest round of tariffs on Chinese goods is expected to go into effect.
These Robots Run, Dance and Flip. But Are They a Business?
Boston Dynamics often makes a splash with videos of its anthropomorphic robots. But after years of work, it is not clear who would buy them or what they would be used for.
Google C.E.O. Denies Allegations of Political Bias in Search Results
Sundar Pichai said in an email to staff on Friday that the company does not alter search results for political gain.
Airbnb Wants Hosts to Be Shareholders: DealBook’s Closing Bell
The start-up asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its rules on whom private companies can award equity to.
Anne Russ Federman, Scion of a Royal Family of Smoked Fish, Dies at 97
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Tariffs to Raise Cost of Rebuilding After Hurricane Florence
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Michelle Obama’s Big Book Rollout: ‘It’s Like You’re Looking at a Madonna Tour’
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The Workologist: When Feedback From Distant Bosses Feels Like an Insult
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Comcast and Disney (Fox) Battle Again. This Time for British Broadcaster Sky.
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David DiChiera, Who Gave Opera a Home in Detroit, Dies at 83
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Strategies: Why Tariff and Trade Disputes Are More than a Money Problem
The Trump administration’s approach could unravel a world order that relies on the benefit of trade — and the pain of sanctions — to maintain peace.
Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond
Many businesses are ill-equipped or unwilling to deal with opioid addiction even as it has driven up health costs and hurt productivity.
Your Money Adviser: An Alternative to Payday Loans, but It’s Still High Cost
U.S. Bank has begun to offer small loans to help customers deal with unexpected expenses like a car repair. The interest rate is about 70 percent.
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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