Davenport to offer MBA in downtown

November 12, 2010
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Davenport University plans to return to downtown Grand Rapids by locating two MBA programs at 45 Ottawa Ave. NW starting in fall 2011.

Rockford Companies is handling site acquisition and renovations. The university plans to occupy the space by May.

“This new center will bring us closer to the businesses and health organizations we serve, and we are excited about the opportunity to bring our innovative MBA and professional development programs to our partners,” Davenport President Richard J. Pappas said in a news release.

“Davenport University has been a key contributor to the economic and educational vitality of Grand Rapids for more than a century so we’re excited for the university’s new and enhanced presence downtown,” Mayor George Heartwell added.

MBA programs for health care management and accounting will be the first to locate in the 18,000-square-foot space, and more may follow. Also to be located there is DU’s Institute for Professional Excellence, which trains emerging business leaders. There will be offices and a conference room.

Davenport University, a private college with concentrations in business, information technology and health professions that has 13 locations in Michigan, has moved its Grand Rapids operations to a new college campus with student dormitories in Caledonia Township.

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