Meet President Mantella

Philomena V. Mantella began her tenure as the president of Grand Valley State University on July 1, 2019. Mantella is one of higher education’s leading entrepreneurs. She is a recognized leader in strategic thinking, market dynamics, and innovation in the way education is delivered. Her innovative drive comes from more than 30 years in higher education administration. 

Read President Mantella's full biography

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"We must elevate the voices and experiences of our Black faculty, staff, and students.

We must listen carefully, valuing each member of our community.

We must fulfill our goals for inclusion and equity.

We must all deepen our understanding and knowledge through education.

We must then use this knowledge as the basis for understanding and addressing institutional and systemic racism and oppression to make meaningful change."

GVSU in the News

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President Philomena V. Mantella was recently featured on the Stories Of COVID podcast. In her interview, she discusses the role in technology as an accelerant for many in higher education.  She also shares a wonderful story about how GVSU has motivated their students to serve others and make a difference.

Stories Of COVID™ is an archive developed by Veronica Kirin, author of Stories Of Elders and founder of the Disruptive Entrepreneur Society.

Here's the full podcast: "Stories of COVID with Philomena Mantella - Higher Education."

President Mantella in the Mary Idema Pew Library on the Allendale Campus

President Philomena V. Mantella was the featured guest on The EdUp Experience, a national podcast that features higher education administrators and experts across the country. 

Mantella was asked about a variety of topics, including Grand Valley's growth, enrollment management, COVID-19 decision-making, and strategies for women in higher education to help maximize their potential and reach their career goals. 

Listen to the full podcast, "Understand the Learner and the Market in Higher Education." 


GVNext News

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

December 03, 2020

A student huddle is planned for December 8.

Service milestones: three people recognized for 45, 50 years at GVSU

November 17, 2020

Two faculty members have 45 years of service; Robert Beasecker, University Libraries, has 50 years.

A message from President Philomena V. Mantella

November 16, 2020

November 18 statewide public health order affects operations of the university and other activities.

A message from President Philomena V. Mantella

November 12, 2020

A message to the campus community from President Philomena V. Mantella.

Mantella announces GVSU Veteran Promise: Guaranteed admission for enlisted 2021 Michigan high school graduates

November 11, 2020

Mantella said the GVSU Veteran Promise builds on Grand Valley's historical commitment to veterans.

GVSU sets agenda for new strategic plan, passes budget

November 06, 2020

President Mantella outlined the Reach Higher 2025 strategy development process and timeline.

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“We must build a growth mindset that is consistent with our long view of stewardship and the urgency of today's conditions and we must activate our full community. We must, as GVSU has done so many times in its history, continue to flex, adapt, and lead the change. I would not have made a life-altering move if I didn't have every confidence that we, not me, but we, together, have the potential to set the path, set the pace and the conditions to excel.”

President Mantella

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What people say about President Mantella and GVSU

“Many university community members shared their hopes for a new leader, and we are confident that Philomena Mantella will be an outstanding president.”

John Kennedy, Honorary Life Member, GVSU Board of Trustees

“I am excited to see new perspectives being brought to campus. I think it's pretty cool that Grand Valley will have its first female president.”

Jake Gunn, GVSU student