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University names dean of business and technology colleges

March 20, 2015
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University names dean of business and technology colleges
Pamela Imperato. Courtesy Davenport University

A university has named an experienced academic leader as the new dean of its college of business and college of technology.

Davenport University, or DU, said this week that it has named Pamela Imperato to the leadership role at the Donald W. Maine College of Business and the College of Technology, effective in July.

Most recently, Imperato served as the dean of the College of Business at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb. 

Imperato was selected to serve as dean after DU completed a national search.

Irene Bembenista has been serving as interim dean of DU’s College of Business and College of Technology.

The role

Imperato will assist in developing new programs, manage operations and oversee the financial budget.

DU said Imperato will also pursue opportunities for online business education and look to establish a program addressing entrepreneurial education and support.

“Her experience in business education, curriculum development and faculty oversight will serve Davenport well,” said Linda Rinker, EVP of academics and provost, Davenport University.


At Bellevue University's College of Business, Imperato oversaw 24 academic programs.

Imperato has also served as program director of Bellevue’s Center for Healthcare, Nonprofit and Public Administration.

Previously, Imperato has held various positions: full-time faculty member at the University of North Dakota and Bridgewater State College; ethics officer for an integrated health care system; and provided expertise to the California State Legislature as a Jess Marvin Unruh Fellow and legislative aide.

Imperato received a doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in political science with a specialization in public administration, public policy and program evaluation.

She also earned a master’s degree in critical and creative thinking with an emphasis in science and technology from the University of Massachusetts, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology from Emmanuel College.

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