Peter C. Cook Leadership Graduation: President Philomena V. Mantella

Thursday, April 29, 2021
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

In times of great change and cultural upheaval, strong leadership is essential in steering a business, school, or other organization to success. As Grand Valley State University’s fifth president, and the first female to hold the position, Philomena “Philly” Mantella knows all too well how to navigate a changing landscape. Having taken the helm only months before the Covid-19 pandemic, Mantella was ahead of the curve in shifting coursework online and has continued to lead the way for flexible learning. Nationally recognized as a change agent in higher education, Mantella has spearheaded efforts to expand lifelong learning and digital initiatives at universities throughout the country, creating benefits for learners and employers along the way. Mantella brings more than 30 years of experience to her position at Grand Valley. Join the Hauenstein Center, as we welcome President Philomena Mantella, to our Wheelhouse Talks series. Mantella will share her life experiences in learning and leadership with the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy’s graduating class of fellow candidates.

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This event was added to the calendar by Allie Goeddeke ( on Friday, November 13, 2020 and was last updated on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 4:02 p.m.