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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

The Donald W. Maine College of Business at Davenport University has received specialized accreditation for its business and acccounting programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Edcuation (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa Kansas, US.  For a listing of accredited programs, visit  /college-business/accreditation

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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.

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 Accreditation Council for Business Education(IACBE).

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Global 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
Retailers, Battered by Coronavirus, Now Confront Protesters
Even as major chains boarded up stores and halted operations, they largely sought to convey empathy for demonstrators and did not condemn the damage to their businesses.
Facebook Employees Stage Virtual Walkout to Protest Trump Posts
While Twitter started labeling some of the president’s inflammatory messages, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has said his company should leave them alone.
Police Target Journalists as Trump Blames ‘Lamestream Media’ for Protests
“I’ve really never seen anything like this”: Reporters and news photographers describe being roughed up, arrested and shot with projectiles while covering demonstrations across the country.
Live Stock Market News During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The latest on stock market and business news during the coronavirus outbreak.
Grateful for Aid, but Worried About What Comes Next
Six small-business owners who got government loans say the money helped keep their workers employed. For some, eight weeks of relief isn’t enough.
Wealthy Fliers Worried About Coronavirus Turn to Private Jet Service
As business executives curtail their travel, jet service providers are shifting to meet the demand from people concerned about getting on a commercial flight.
Record Ratings and Record Chaos on Cable News
Cable networks are facing threats, and opportunities, in a national crisis. Now, Fox is fighting back and CNBC is looking to the right. CNN is defined by Jeff Zucker, and he may run for mayor.
After Reality Star’s Death, Japan Vows to Rip the Mask Off Online Hate
While many in the country abhor the kind of harassment Hana Kimura endured before her apparent suicide, some warn that cracking down on it could also chill rising internet activism.
Tenants Largely Stay Current on Rent, for Now
Collections have been surprisingly strong through the pandemic, but there are troubling signs — for landlords and tenants alike.
Matt Gaetz Tweet Gets Twitter Warning Label for Glorifying Violence
The post, from Representative Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, had likened protesters to terrorists and called for them to be hunted down.
Black Workers, Already Lagging, Face Big Economic Risks
Black employment rates are plummeting, and the evolving wealth and income hit could fall on the shoulders of those ill-equipped to bear it.
Medical Workers Should Use Respirator Masks, Not Surgical Masks
The surgical masks used in risky settings like hospitals offer much less protection against the coronavirus, an analysis found.
New Regulator Warns Health Measures, Like Masks, May Hurt Banks
Brian P. Brooks, the acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, warned state and local leaders that requiring face masks could help bank robbers.
Misinformation About George Floyd Protests Surges on Social Media
In the universe of false online information, Mr. Floyd remains alive and George Soros is to blame for the protests.
Airlines Say It’s Safe to Travel. But Is It?
They’re requiring masks, taking temperatures and speeding check-ins. But as one travel expert put it, “So much is uncertain right now.”
How a City Once Consumed by Civil Unrest Has Kept Protests Peaceful
Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, made no arrests and reported only minimal property damage during a weekend march.
‘A Heartbreaking and Painful Week’
Business leaders are speaking out about nationwide protests against police brutality and discrimination.
Fall Is Now Jam-Packed for Book Publishers. That Could Be a Problem.
Books scheduled for release this spring and summer are now on track for fall, when authors will be fighting for attention in the midst of a presidential election and an ongoing crisis.
How to Be Your Own Glam Squad for a Zoom Wedding
In response to the pandemic, some skin care and beauty brands have shifted their in-person experiences to online tutorials and Instagram live chats that offer tips from experts.
Poor Countries Face a Debt Crisis ‘Unlike Anything We Have Seen’
Dozens of countries that borrowed from private investors have debt payments coming due as their economies have crashed because of the coronavirus.
Corporate Voices Get Behind ‘Black Lives Matter’ Cause
Major companies are often wary of conflict, especially in a polarized time. But some are now taking a stand on racial injustice and police violence.
Father of School Shooting Victim Takes On Smith & Wesson
A complaint to the Federal Trade Commission by a parent and two advocacy groups says the company “attracts, encourages and facilitates mass shooters.”
Target Temporarily Closing or Shortening Hours at 200 Stores
The company said it acted to ensure employees’ safety. A store in Minneapolis, where Target is based, was badly damaged and looted last week.
Nazi or Hero? Historian Looks at the Stories a German Consultant Told of His Father
A study finds some truth and some falsehoods in a prominent businessman’s portrayal of his father as a Nazi resister.
Zappos Offers to Listen to Pandemic Worries
In response to rising anxiety over the coronavirus, the shoe retailer Zappos started a customer service line that people can call for anything — even to chat.
The Week in Business: The Post-Lockdown Office
President Trump’s feud with Twitter, explained.
Coronavirus Turns a Spanish Sea Delicacy Back Into Daily Fare
With high-end restaurants closed, the price of prawns has tumbled, allowing fishmongers to pick up the shellfish at a discount and offer them to a much broader clientele.
Beijing Threatens Hong Kong's Companies and Workers
Beijing is using fear and pressure to drum up support for its increasingly hard-line stance in the Asian financial capital, threatening its status as a global business center.
SpaceX Lifts NASA Astronauts to Orbit, Launching New Era of Spaceflight
The trip to the space station was the first from American soil since 2011 when the space shuttles were retired.
To Disinfect a Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat
The N.Y.P.D. and other departments were concerned about the spread of the coronavirus in vehicles. Ford’s answer is software to raise the temperature.
SpaceX Launch: Highlights From NASA Astronauts’ Trip to Orbit
Look back at the day when a NASA crew headed to the space station from the United States for the first time since the space shuttles were retired in 2011.
In Lockdown, a Neighborhood Opens Up
Grab a hyperlocal bakery loaf and a copy of the kids’ newspaper, and we can discuss over stoop cocktails.
How to Get Your Money to Those Who Need It More Than You
Your instinct may be to help right now, in cash. These services bridge the gap between Venmoing someone from Twitter and a check to a big charity that could steer that money anywhere.
Fund for Jeffrey Epstein’s Accusers Gets Attorney General’s Approval
The Virgin Islands attorney general said Mr. Epstein’s estate had agreed to what she considered sufficient protections for victims’ rights.
U.S. Personal Income Soared in April, Not Consumer Spending
Government assistance, mainly stimulus checks, provided an overall boost in April. With little immediate outlet, savings soared.
While Twitter Confronts Trump, Zuckerberg Keeps Facebook Out of It
The companies have similar policies on the limits of what they allow users to post. But Facebook is more permissive when the user is President Trump.
Renault to Slash Jobs by 8 Percent
The French carmaker said it would close assembly lines and abandon China as sales plunge. Other carmakers are expected to take similarly harsh measures.
What Happens to Powell’s Books When You Can’t Browse the Aisles?
The enormous independent bookstore in Portland, Ore., became an unlikely tourist attraction. Now that it’s shut, Emily Powell, the chief executive, is having to rethink the books business.
Powell Says Federal Reserve Crossed Red Lines to Help Economy
Fed Chair Jerome H. Powell said that the central bank is pushing its limits and trying to be transparent as it does.
Sotheby’s to Hold ‘Live’ Auctions in June, Remotely
The auctioneer will be in London; the telephone bids will be taken around the world. Viewers will be watching everywhere but in the showroom.
Forget Swooshes and V’s. The Economy’s Future Is a Question Mark.
Is it a V, an L or a W? Economists are giving up on assigning a letter to the wildly uncertain recovery that lies ahead.
Why We Can’t Foresee the Pandemic’s Long-Term Effects
The Great Depression of the 1930s was an economic downturn that became a prolonged malaise. A Nobel laureate asks whether that pattern might be repeated.
Scientists Question Major Hydroxychloroquine Study
Experts demanded verification of data and methods used in a study of drugs to treat Covid-19. The study suggested the drugs might have increased deaths.
South Korean Ends Yearlong Tower Protest After Samsung Apologizes
After 355 days perched atop a Seoul traffic tower, Kim Yong-hee, who says he was fired for labor activism, climbed down.
With Most Weddings Still on Hold, Italian Designers Struggle
One designer set fire to his collection to draw attention to how the coronavirus has devastated cash flow and is likely to continue into 2021 — if they make it that far.
529 College Plans Are Hit by Stock Market Turmoil
A study by Morningstar found that losses particularly affected families with younger children who opted for age-based investments heavily weighted in stocks.
Social Security Is Worth More Than You Think, but Needs Your Help
Low interest rates have made Social Security more valuable. But the coronavirus crisis is likely to make its long-term shortfall worse.
CNN Crew Is Arrested on Live Television While Covering Minneapolis Protests
Officers arrested a correspondent, Omar Jimenez, as he and a camera crew were reporting on the protests over the death of George Floyd.
It’s Trump vs. Twitter
President Trump is taking aim at social networks over treatment of his tweets. Twitter responded by putting a warning on another of his posts.
Sparring and Schedules Offer Glimpse of Pandemic’s Partisan Lens
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President Trump Versus Twitter and Social Media
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Stocks Climb After Trump Speaks on China
The latest on stock market and business news during the coronavirus outbreak.
Pandemic Forces Car Dealers to Do the Unthinkable: Sell Online
Dealerships have long resisted e-commerce, but with many showrooms closed, the dynamic is changing.
7 Podcasts Your Wallet Will Love
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Is It Safe to Keep Employing a Cleaner? Wrong Question, Lady
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Twitter Places Warning on Trump Minneapolis Tweet, Saying It Glorified Violence
Twitter said the tweets, which implied that protesters in Minneapolis could be shot, glorified violence — the first time it had applied such warnings to any public figure’s posts.
Who Will Own the Cars That Drive Themselves?
Fleets of vehicles roaming streets waiting to be hailed are more efficient. But the coronavirus has made people think twice about the future of car ownership even when autonomous tech arrives.
Explaining President Trump's Executive Order Targeting Social Media
The president wants to narrow legal protections for companies like Twitter after it began appending fact-check labels to his postings.
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. Michael Carey at Davenport University.
Mike Carey, Ph.D. MBA. CM
Interim Dean
Director of Graduate Programs
Michael.Carey@davenport.edu
Professor Jennifer Byron at Davenport University.
Jennifer Byron, MBA

Associate Dean in the College of Business

Jennifer.Byron@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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