The Inauguration of Philomena V. Mantella

President Mantella Headshot

You are cordially invited to the inauguration of Philomena V. Mantella as the fifth president of
Grand Valley State University 

The Grand Valley community is excited to officially welcome Dr. Mantella to the Laker Family with various events hosted around our Allendale, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids and Health Campuses between November 13-15, 2019. During this inauguration week, President Mantella will engage with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members on topics surrounding the past, present, and future of Grand Valley, innovations in higher education, and the education ecosystem broadly. 

President Mantella is Grand Valley State University’s fifth president and the first woman to hold the position. Mantella is a recognized leader in strategy, market expansion, and educational innovation. Her drive and expertise come from more than 30 years in higher education administration, serving as an officer at public and private universities in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Massachusetts. She has a strong student-centered philosophy and a comprehensive understanding of both sides of the educational market – learners and employers.

Join the Grand Valley community as we celebrate our past, prepare for the future, and welcome President Mantella. 

We are driven. We are bold.