Davenport University appoints Michael Bowers as business school dean

December 4, 2012
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Davenport University appoints Michael Bowers as business school dean

One of West Michigan’s leading business schools has a new leader.

Davenport University announced today it has named Michael Bowers as the new dean of its Donald W. Maine College of Business, following a national search. He will begin work on Jan. 7.

“He brings great depth and experience with him in areas of marketing and entrepreneurial research,” said Linda Rinker, Davenport’s executive vice president for academics and provost. “I’m very excited to have him and excited for our students. He’s going to be a wonderful addition.”

Bowers will “work to gain a deep understanding of the opportunities for business education in Michigan while developing an entrepreneurial program that will serve the needs of the state,” according to the university.

Bowers has served as academic director for the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and as professor of entrepreneurship and marketing at the college's Crummer Graduate School of Business.

Bowers’ higher education history in business is extensive. For 18 years, he served as the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s chair of the department of Management, Marketing and Industrial Distribution. He also was senior scientist at the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education as well as senior scholar in the Sparkman Center for International Public Health Education at UAB.

An experienced writer, Bowers has published more than 50 articles in several business and medical journals and was a member of the editorial review board for the Journal of Health Care Marketing.

Bowers has a doctorate of philosophy in business administration from Texas A&M University. He earned his bachelor of arts in international affairs and political science from Florida State University and his MBA in finance and marketing from Southern Illinois University.

He will be replacing previous business dean Kojo Quartey, who left for a job in Chicago about a year ago, said Rick Jensen, Davenport’s communications manager. Irene Bembenista, associate dean for accounting and finance, has been serving as interim business dean.

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