DETROIT, Mich. -- The Grand Valley Board of Trustees voted to keep President Philomena V. Mantella in her position until June 2029. The trustees’ unanimous vote came during the board’s November 4 meeting at GVSU’s Detroit Center.
Mantella, who is the first woman and the fifth president of the university, has been in her role since 2019. The trustees were obligated to act on the president’s employment by June of next year, and Acting Chair Megan Rydecki said she is pleased the board could work together before that deadline to offer stability for the university by ensuring Mantella could continue leading Grand Valley.
“The Board of Trustees has full faith and confidence in President Mantella, not only because of her vision, pragmatism and generative mindset, but also because of her demonstrated leadership,” Rydecki said. “She has developed innovative partnerships, maintained healthy enrollment levels and spearheaded a game-changing strategic plan in Reach Higher 2025, all while navigating a global pandemic.
“We have emerged a stronger university, with our eyes on the prize of maximizing student success at every level.”
Board Chair Susan M. Jandernoa was not in attendance because of overseas travel. She sent a letter of support to be entered into the minutes. Speaking of Mantella, it read in part:
“Her visionary leadership in the development of our strategic plan, Reach Higher 2025, the hiring and onboarding of the extraordinary new members of our senior leadership team, including our new provost, Dr. Fatma Mili, the focus on enrollment, retention, the health and well-being of our students, and sound financial management, are affirming of our intent.”
Mantella said the vote of confidence in her leadership allows our university community to continue our collective work on behalf of Grand Valley, its students and the state of Michigan.