May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Leadership

Academic Leadership


Gilda G. Gely, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Academics and Provost
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. Middlebury College
B.A. Kansas State University

Vice Provost

Wayne Sneath, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academics
Ph.D. Bowling Green State University
M.A. Miami University
B.A. St. John Fisher College

Assistant Vice Provost

Mathew Devereaux
Assistant Vice Provost for Assessment
M.S. Illinois Institute of Technology
B.S. Grand Valley State University


Amy Mansfield, Ph.D.
Dean, Donald W. Maine College of Business and College of Technology
Ph.D. Western Michigan University
M.A. Western Michigan University
B.S. Ferris State University

Brian Miller, Ed.D
Dean, Global Campus and Academic Systems Operations
Ed.D. Arizona State University
M.B.A. Davenport University
B.A. Kalamazoo College

Gerald G. Nyambane, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Urban Education
Program Director - Master of Science in Data Analytics
Ph.D. Michigan State University
M.S. Michigan State University
B.Sc. Egerton University, Kenya

Amy Stahley, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.
Dean, College of Health Professions
Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University
M.S.N., B.S.N. Ball State University

Faculty and Staff Emeritus

Faculty Emeriti

Emeritus status recognizes faculty who have contributed significantly to their academic disciplines and the intellectual growth of students. Davenport University values the continuing academic and intellectual engagement of its emeritus faculty as a benefit to the University and the community.

Irene Bembenista
Assistant Provost, Emeritus 2022
D.M. University of Phoenix
M.M.S., B.A. Purdue University

Patty Brechbiel
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Emeritus 2021
M.A. Western Michigan University
B.A. Aquinas College

Michael Carey, Ph.D., C.M.
Associate Dean, Donald W. Maine College of Business, Emeritus 2022 
Ph.D. Northcentral University
M.B.A. Western Michigan University
B.S.B.A. Aquinas College

Jack D. Cichy, Ph.D., C.M.
Professor of Management and Sustainability, Emeritus 2020
Ph.D. Michigan State University
Ed.S., M.A., B.S. Central Michigan University

Barbara Craft, J.D.
Professor of Legal Studies, Emeritus 2019
J.D. Thomas M. Cooley Law School
B.A. Western Michigan University

Ronald Draayer, ABCP
Professor of Networking, Security, Information Assurance, Emeritus 2018
M.S. Ferris State University
M.M. Aquinas College
B.A. Calvin College

Frank Novakowski, Ph.D.
Professor of Business, Emeritus 2018
Ph.D. Capella University
M.B.A. University of Phoenix
M.Ed. University of Maryland
B.S. Virginia Military Institute

Therese Tomaszek, Ph.D.
Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, Emeritus 2018
Ph.D. Florida State University
M.A. Michigan State University
B.A. Aquinas College

Staff Emeriti

Emeritus status recognizes the significant contributions of a staff member to the operational excellence of the University over a span of ten or more years of service. Staff Emeriti have demonstrated their commitment to exemplify the STAIR values of Davenport University during their tenure.

Debra Bales
Executive Administration, ​Emeritus 2022

Claudia Hohendorf
Academic Administration, Emeritus 2021

Academic Campus Leadership

Detroit and Warren Campuses

Susan Crkovski
Executive Campus Director Detroit and Warren Campuses
B.B.A. Davenport University

Kimberly A. Corsi, L.R.C.P., C.C.S.
Campus Associate Department Chair Detroit and Warren Campuses
M.S.A. Central Michigan University
B.S. Mercy College of Detroit

Great Lakes Bay Campus - Midland

Bill Gagliardi
Executive Campus Director Great Lakes Bay Campus
B.A. Alma College

Kalamazoo Campus at KVCC

Shubhada Sagdeo
Campus Associate Department Chair Kalamazoo Campus
M.S., B.S. Institute of Science, Nagpur, India

Lansing Campus

Susan Porrett
Executive Campus Director Lansing Campus
M.S. Central Michigan University
B.A. Olivet College

Traverse City Campus

Zach Whitaker
Campus Director Traverse City Campus
B.S. Bellevue University

Academic Services and Operations Leadership

Brian Miller, Ed.D.
Dean, Global Campus and Academic Systems Operations
Ed.D. Arizona State University
M.B.A. Davenport University
B.A. Kalamazoo College

Jennifer Byron
University Registrar
Associate Dean Academic Systems Innovation
M.B.A. Grand Valley State University
B.A. Alma College

Amy Krevda
Director of Academic Operations
M.S. Saginaw Valley State University
B.S. Alma College

Rebecca Prince
Academic Operations Manager
A.A.S. Davenport University