Category: Staff

The first-year journey for a new student
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The first-year journey for a new student

How Davenport helps map a path for first-year student success Jodi Hicks, director of First Year Experience, becomes a familiar face to most new Panthers at Davenport University. Her role is vital in coordinating a smooth transition into college for first-year students. “I connect students with each other, campus resources, staff and faculty, and sometimes...

Great Lakes Bay Campus’ Bill Gagliardi recognized for bringing together business and education
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Great Lakes Bay Campus’ Bill Gagliardi recognized for bringing together business and education

Bill Gagliardi, the director of the Great Lakes Bay Campus in Midland, was awarded the J. Kermit Campbell Partnership for Education Award from the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce in early February. The J. Kermit Campbell Award is named in honor of an individual who believed that a cooperative relationship between business and education was...

Rachel Esterline Perkins joins DU as new Director of Communications
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Rachel Esterline Perkins joins DU as new Director of Communications

Rachel Esterline Perkins has joined Davenport University as Director of Communications, responsible for media relations, internal communications and social media. Perkins comes to DU from Central Michigan University, where she served as Associate Director of Communications and Social Media for more than four years. She also was an adjunct instructor in the Department of Journalism,...

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Davenport University appoints Gagliardi as executive director of Great Lakes Bay Campus

Davenport University recently appointed Bill Gagliardi as Executive Campus Director of its Midland Campus. In this role, Gagliardi will provide leadership to the campus faculty and staff, develop and implement the campus strategic plan in support of Davenport’s Vision, and build positive relations with students, the community, and strategic partners in the community, including community...

Al Gunther to retire
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Al Gunther to retire

Al Gunther, ITS Customer Support Specialist/Training Coordinator, will be retiring from Davenport after 19 years of dedicated service in the ITS department. His last day will be Sept. 8, 2017. Long known for his outstanding customer service, Gunther has received many accolades at DU, including two GREAT Customer Service awards. Most recently, he received the...

Josh Isaak Receives PMO Team Member Award
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Josh Isaak Receives PMO Team Member Award

The Project Management Office rewarded Josh Isaak, Senior Internet Systems Architect, the PMO Team Member Award for his hard work on the DU Homepage Redesign Project! Josh’s hard work and drive helped see the project through despite a tight timeline and limited resources. His focus and attention to detail helped create results that all could...

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Davenport University appoints two to leadership roles

Davenport University has appointed Patty Brechbiel as Dean for the College of Urban Education and Christopher Marx as University Registrar. Both had already been serving in these roles on an interim basis. “We are pleased to be able to promote two remarkable, long-term leaders who have contributed to the success of Davenport University for nearly...

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Davenport University appoints new vice president of information technology and CIO

Davenport University has appointed Ben Williams as its new Vice President of Information Technology & Chief Information Officer. Williams has been with Davenport for 13 years, serving in a variety of Information Technology roles.  For the past year, Williams has co-led the IT division on an interim basis. “Ben demonstrated strong leadership over the past...

Staff Spotlight: Celia Allen-Hames, Head Cheer Coach
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Staff Spotlight: Celia Allen-Hames, Head Cheer Coach

Celia Allen-Hames is the Head Cheerleading Coach for the NCA Competitive team, Stunt Competitive team, NAIA Competitive team and the Sideline team. While Celia coaches and leads all of these teams, she can find areas that are very rewarding. “I love the relationships I make with athletes … every athlete that I have had the...

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