Presidential Initiatives

Mantella, 3 other GVSU presidents condemn violence in Washington, will host roundtable for campus community

President Philomena V. Mantella and the other three living GVSU presidents react to the violence in Washington and introduce a Presidential Roundtable series.

Jan 13, 2021


Campus Safety Task Force report gives opportunity for GVPD feedback

The number of informal complaints and internal investigations made against Grand Valley Police Department officers has greatly decreased since 2017, according to a report from the Campus Safety Task Force.

Jan 6, 2021


Search committee will review applications for employee ombuds soon

Grand Valley's first employee ombuds could begin working in early January, according to the search committee timeline.

Dec 4, 2020


Faculty, staff discuss mission and values during Reach Higher 2025 huddles

President Philomena V. Mantella listened and engaged with faculty and staff members December 3 during two virtual huddles continuing the process of formalizing Grand Valley's strategic plan through 2025.

Dec 3, 2020


Students enrolled in accelerated degree program want bachelor's degree for job security

In this most unusual of academic years, more than 150 adult students have committed to pursuing a bachelor's degree through Grand Valley's new accelerated, online program.

Nov 20, 2020


Fireside Chat presenter: Higher education needed to teach 'human skills' as digitalization advances

Even as more and more computers replace humans, a former Google executive said colleges and universities are in the exact right place to prepare the next generation for the workforce.

Nov 2, 2020


High school students gain work experience, math skills as GVSU consultants during summer jobs

Eight West Michigan high school students learned more about college and gained work experience as consultants to President Philomena V. Mantella through a City of Grand Rapids summer program.

Sep 28, 2020


Fireside Chat presenter: offering nudges to students helps build relationships, satisfaction

The series is a presidential initiative designed to bring in "thought activators" for campus discussions.

Sep 24, 2020


Mantella reappoints two faculty members as Presidential Fellows

Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury, associate professor of Educational Foundations, has been reappointed as the Presidential Fellow for Strategy Development and Outreach. Aaron Lowen, professor of economics and finance department chair, has been reappointed as the Presidential Fellow for Enterprise Learning & Development.

Sep 23, 2020


Mantella elevates learners as consultants to the university

The Learner Engagement Challenge connected high school and GVSU students to reimagine the future of learning.

Sep 23, 2020