Dr. David J. Fike

Dr. David J. Fike
Marygrove College
8425 W. McNichols
Detroit, MI 48221

Phone: 313.927.1208
Fax: 313.927.1315 

Message from the President

Welcome to Marygrove!

As you explore these virtual pages, you will get a glimpse of what life is really like on the campus of Marygrove College. Urban, personal, unique, cosmopolitan. Exciting, challenging, encouraging and life-transforming.

These all describe the environment where education takes place and leadership is honed. Situated as we are in the urban center that is Detroit, Marygrove has embraced the strategic vision of Urban Leadership.

What that means is something special. If you’re looking for a college that gives you the opportunity to apply your classroom knowledge in an urban laboratory, Marygrove is for you. If you’re looking for a college that educates and prepares you to take leadership positions in America’s urban centers, Marygrove is for you. And if you’re looking for an institution that is a leader itself in the life of its community, Marygrove is for you.

The Marygrove College environment fosters lifelong learning, a global perspective, personal responsibility, professionalism and leadership. It’s an environment of caring and concern for all members of the campus community as well as the global village in which we live.

With the best, highly qualified faculty, a supportive staff and top quality resources, the Marygrove learning experience is rewarding, fulfilling and fun. You can be assured of our commitment to students’ intellectual, cultural, spiritual and professional growth.

Our values as a college mandate that we help each other, respect one another, explore together and think and act in ways that we create a more just and humane world.

Competence, Compassion and Commitment…these are the values that undergird everything we do at Marygrove. These same values are what students embrace and live out as a result of their time with us.

Marygrove College presents many opportunities for students to participate in activities and programs, both intellectual and social, which transform them into competent, compassionate and committed citizens of the world. We’re happy to help.

Dr. David J. Fike

Dr. David J. Fike

About President Dr. David Fike

Dr. David J. Fike began his appointment as the 8th President of Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan on July 1, 2006. Dr. Fike is a member of the New Detroit Board of Directors.

Previously, Dr. Fike served as the Provost for Marygrove College and the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty for Holy Names College in Oakland, California. As the Chief Academic Officer of these century-old liberal arts institutions, Dr. Fike was responsible for academic programming, student affairs programming, enrollment services, information technology, and a variety of academic and administrative support services such as information resources, student registration processes, learning support resources, and academic advising.

Dr. Fike served as an elected official in Kensington, California from 1994 to 1998. He has held numerous appointed positions on Boards and Commissions, including the BioScience Workforce Advisory Team for the City of Oakland, the Life Sciences Task Force of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, the Bay Area’s Community Capital Investment Initiative, the Community Reinvestment Subcommittee of Alameda County’s Economic Development Advisory Board, the City of Oakland’s Sustainable Community Development Commission, the BayTEC Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of AnewAmerica Community Corporation, and the Board of Directors of the Chabot Space and Science Center.

As an economist specializing in capital markets and urban economic development, Dr Fike has provided consulting services and research in the areas of economic revitalization, sustainable community development practices, capital-access in under-served markets, and strategic decision-making. His clients have included the City of Oakland (participating in the development of the Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy, among other projects) and the Community Bank of the Bay, the first de novo community development bank in the western United States. Dr. Fike also served as part of a team with members of Shorebank Advisory Services (consulting division for the South Shore Bank in Chicago) sent to Central America to develop a strategic plan for the establishment of a nationally-chartered bank to finance infrastructure projects for El Salvador’s cooperative sector.

In 1995, Dr. Fike was granted a prestigious Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship. As a fellow, he investigated innovative public/private partnerships designing sustainable development strategies for low-income urban communities. He has presented on the topics of socially responsible investing, economic revitalization and community development and is the recipient of teaching awards from the University of Maryland, College Park and Holy Names College as well as a co-author of Everything You Need to Know About Economics, (Simon & Schuster, November 1999).

Dr. Fike possesses a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Fike and his wife, Sylvia Rosales-Fike, are the proud parents of three children, Alexandra, Valeria, and David Thomas.

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