Grand Valley is moving toward a dynamic future from a position of strength, having reaffirmed its spirit and resolve as the university community worked through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Philomena V. Mantella said during her State of the University address.
In an April 28 virtual address to the campus community, Mantella reflected on her pride in how GVSU worked through the constant adjustments from the pandemic, acknowledging the work of every sector, from the Facilities staff members who cleaned 780 million square feet in the last 12 months to the faculty members who "were the backbone of the mission."
GVSU has proven it will approach challenges head on, she said. And true to Grand Valley values, the community put people first and prioritized students by being mindful of the need to reach out to people who are dealing with health issues, economic hardship and other concerns.
The uncertainty brought on by the pandemic included university financial concerns, with Mantella acknowledging the sacrifices everyone had to make for the greater good. But she also said the work of her predecessors allowed GVSU to enter the crisis in a strong financial position, and it is emerging the same way.
"The budgeting for Fiscal Year 2022 is not anticipating budget reductions," Mantella said.