Former Davenport chancellor Donald Maine dead at 75

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Donald Maine, who served as chancellor of Davenport University for more than 20 years, died Wednesday, according to the university.  He was 75.

Maine served as Davenport's president and chancellor from 1977 to 2000. The Donald W. Maine College of Business at Davenport was dedicated to him last May.

"Davenport has lost a devoted supporter, champion and friend with the passing of Don Maine," Davenport President Dr. Richard Pappas said in a letter sent to the university's faculty, staff and students.

In addition to his involvement with Davenport, Maine also served on boards at the Van Andel Institute, Spectrum's Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center and Metro Health Hospital.

No information on funeral arrangements were announced.

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  • Derek

    He was an incredible person. He was a great mentor as well. I was his first mentee as you may call it back in 2004-2005. He had always great advise and when I left the college was a great friend as well. It is very sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts go out to the family as I lost touch with him over the years.

  • Clucko

    He had all the qualities one could ask for in an educator. Great people skills, knowledgeable, and, when appropriate, a terrific sense of humor. An excellent example of being the right man for the right job.

  • Jack

    Don Maine was simply the best leader that I have had the privilege to work with over my almost 40 years at Davenport. He was a people person who cared about doing things right – as opposed to being right. He valued people, and his actions reflected this mindset. Rest in peace Don, you lived a life that had a significant impact upon more people than you could ever know…