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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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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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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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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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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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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
Michelle Obama’s Big Book Rollout: ‘It’s Like You’re Looking at a Madonna Tour’
In advance of the publication of Mrs. Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” Live Nation, Ticketmaster and Hearst are helping with the former first lady’s rock-star-style return to the public sphere.
Tariffs to Raise Cost of Rebuilding After Hurricane Florence
Homeowners and businesses will have to pay more for lumber, steel, aluminum and other materials because of President Trump’s trade policy.
Inside Italy’s Shadow Economy
Within a distressed labor market, thousands of low-paid home workers create luxury garments without contracts or insurance.
Can Nafta Be Saved? These Two Negotiators Are Trying.
For more than a year, Canada’s foreign minister and the United States trade representative have been locked in intense negotiations to rewrite the trade pact.
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.
David Boies Pleads Not Guilty
The superlawyer in such cases as Bush v. Gore and the fight for gay marriage rights makes no apologies for representing Harvey Weinstein and Theranos with zeal.
Cody Wilson, 3-D Printed Gun Proponent, Is Arrested in Taiwan on Sex Assault Charge
Mr. Wilson was arrested in Taipei and delivered to the National Immigration Agency. Police in Austin, Tex., had asked the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force for help finding him.
Wealth Matters: Life Insurance Offering More Incentive to Live Longer
Applying behavioral economics, John Hancock is offering a discount on life insurance and other incentives to customers with healthy lifestyles.
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.
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.
Vocations: Using Digital Tools to Move a Candy Company Into the Future
As a manufacturing firm evolves, new jobs arise. A digital transformation associate explores “whether we are even looking at the right problems.”
Corner Office: Mark Bertolini of Aetna on Yoga, Meditation and Darth Vader
An early lesson from his father taught Mr. Bertolini the importance of hard work. A brush with death led him to Eastern philosophy.
DealBook Briefing: Does Bank of America Care About Investment Banking?
A top executive who reportedly questioned the firm’s commitment to the cause is set to step down by year’s end.
Dow Hits Another All-Time High on Mixed Day for US Stocks
Wall Street capped a milestone-setting week Friday with a mixed finish for the major U.S. stock indexes and the second all-time high in two days for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
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.
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, the Last of Russ’s Culinary Daughters, Dies at 97
She and her two sisters inherited the venerable Lower East Side appetizing store Russ & Daughters, a temple of lox, herring and so much more.
The Workologist: When Feedback From Distant Bosses Feels Like an Insult
An employee whose managers are hundreds of miles away is often left with a sense that they “think I’m not that smart.” Here’s how to deal with the problem.
Comcast and Disney (Fox) Battle Again. This Time for British Broadcaster Sky.
The fight will be settled by an auction this weekend. We work out the possibilities.
David DiChiera, Who Gave Opera a Home in Detroit, Dies at 83
Dr. DiChiera built an opera company that presented world-class talent at a time when Detroit’s population was dwindling and its future looked bleak.
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.
The Final Battle to Acquire Sky: DealBook’s One Thing to Watch Today
A monthslong fight between Comcast and Twenty-First Century Fox over the British broadcaster will culminate in an auction this weekend.
Bits: The Week in Tech: Are Robots Coming for Your Job? Eventually, Yes.
In the next few years, it doesn’t appear that technology will replace many jobs. But that could change 10 years from now.
Breakingviews: Uber’s Recipe for Profitability Could Start With Buying Deliveroo
The best way for the ride hailing giant to make money from food delivery in Europe may be to acquire one of its rivals there.
In London, Electric Trucks Are Helping UPS Make ‘Eco-Friendly’ Deliveries
Smoggy skies across Europe inspired the logistics giant to devise ‘greener‘ alternatives to conventional diesel-powered trucks
G.E. Steps Into Europe’s Offshore Wind Market
In the heart of Muscadet country, the American giant is developing the next generation of huge offshore wind turbines.
Jeff Bezos Cites a Big Number, but Few Details, in Plan for Low-Income Montessori Preschools
The announcement that Mr. Bezos would start a network of Montessori preschools has made some in the education world wary.
Sony Extends Colorful Movie Chairman’s Reign, Citing Turnaround
Thomas E. Rothman, who had a bumpy start at Sony, will lead the company’s film divisions into the next decade. He had been rumored to be on his way out.
Another View: Why America Should Embrace Market Surveillance in Sports Betting Before It’s Too Late
Regulators could learn from the financial industry’s struggle to police digital trading in order to root out fraud in online sports betting.
New Pressure on Google and YouTube Over Children’s Data
Two members of Congress asked for details of practices concerning the personal data of viewers younger than 13.
Wheels: The Auto Industry’s VHS-or-Betamax Moment
After nearly 20 years, the language that cars will speak when they talk to one another is still undecided. Critics say the delay is endangering lives.
Private Equity Firm TPG Plans to Raise Second Social Impact Fund
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Common Sense: Why Les Moonves Might Still Get $120 Million From CBS
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Airlines Are Raising the Cost of Checked Bags
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Breakingviews: Jack Ma’s American Dream Runs Up Against China First
Alibaba’s founder rescinded a promise to create 1 million jobs in the United States. He blamed tariff tensions, but his company has not given foreigners a level playing field.
Bloody Nosed Passengers Gasp for Air on Indian Flight After Crew Fails to Pressurize Cabin
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Eventbrite Goes Public With a Large Ticket Price: DealBook’s One Thing to Watch Today
The ticketing company priced its initial public offering at the top of an already increased price range. It hopes to keep that hot streak going.
DealBook Briefing: Chinese Business U-Turns in America? Blame the Trade War
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The Netherlands, a Tax Avoidance Center, Tries to Mend Its Ways
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Tilray’s Wild Day: DealBook’s Closing Bell
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Millions of Carolina Homes Are at Risk of Flooding. Only 335,000 Have Flood Insurance.
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SeaWorld Agrees to Pay $5 Million in ‘Blackfish Effect’ Case
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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
Professor Jennifer Byron at Davenport University.
Jennifer Byron, MBA

Associate Dean in the College of Business
Dr. Michael Carey at Davenport University.
Mike Carey, Ph.D. MBA. CM
Associate Dean
Director of Graduate Programs
Professor Misty Davis at Davenport University.
Misty Davis, JD

Department Chair in Legal Studies and Human Resource Management
Dr. Linda Goulet at Davenport University
Linda Goulet, DBA

Department Chair for Marketing
Professor Grant Lee at Davenport University.
Grant Lee, MAcc

Department Chair for Accounting and Finance
Dr. Vivianne Moore at Davenport University
Vivianne Moore, DM, MS

Department Chair for Management
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