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Board of Trustees

Leadership Team

Leads the direction and advancement of Davenport consistent with the University's strategic plan, mission, vision and goals.

President
Richard J. Pappas, Ed.D.

Members
Deb Cooper
Executive Vice President for Marketing & Communications

Scott Epstein, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President for Quality & Effectiveness

Rachel Render
Executive Vice President for Alumni & Development

Walter J.H. O'Neill, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President for Enrollment & Student Services

Gilda Gely, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President for Academics & Provost

David Veneklase, MBA
Executive Vice President for Organizational Development

Michael Volk, C.P.A.
Executive Vice President for Finance & CFO

Board of Trustees

Governing body of Davenport University.

ChairmanVice ChairmanTrustees
Frank Merlotti Frank H. Merlotti
President
Design Group
Steelcase, Inc.
Grand Rapids, MI
Ken Yerrick Kenneth Yerrick
Executive VP Emeritus
Dow Corning Corp.
Traverse City, MI
Paula Cunningham Paula Cunningham
State Director
AARP of Michigan
Lansing, MI
Rami Fawaz Rami A. Fawaz
Executive Vice President
Energy International
Canton, MI
Tracy Graham Tracy D. Graham
Managing Principal
Graham-Allen Partners, LLC
South Bend, IN
Doyle Hayes Doyle Hayes
President/CEO
dhayesGroup
Grand Rapids, MI
Robert Hetzler Robert Hetzler
Former President/CEO
Monitor Sugar Company
Bay City, MI
Wilbur Lettinga Wilbur A. Lettinga
Former President
Lettinga & Associates
CEO Kentland Corporation
Grand Rapids, MI
Richard Pappas Richard J. Pappas, Ed. D.
President
Davenport University
Grand Rapids, MI
Mary Tuuk Mary Tuuk
President and CEO
Grand Rapids Symphony
Grand Rapids, MI
Michelle Van Dyke Michelle Van Dyke
President
Heart of West Michigan United Way
Grand Rapids, MI
Brian Walker Brian Walker
Principal
WalFam Ventures LLC