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.
"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."
Grand Valley is preparing for a vibrant campus experience with face-to-face learning and living for Fall 2020. Our top concern is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our Laker community.
As we gear up for our return to campus, we are guided by our mission to provide a high-impact learning environment and high-engagement teaching.
For more information and to stay up to date, please visit gvsu.edu/lakerstogether
GVSU in the News
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."
President Mantella discusses her experience operating amidst COVID-19 as a first-year president, the strength of the Grand Valley community, and our responsibility to education and the future.
I took my big leap to accept a new job at the right institution. I ended my 20-year run at a university of great strength and momentum. (Read more here)
The article was published in EdSurge in April 2020.
Campus leaders at some colleges and universities are calling each one of their students to check in on their well-being while the coronavirus outbreak keeps campuses closed.
Leaders at Grand Valley State University in Michigan have launched “Project Reach Out” to call every one of the school’s 24,000-plus students. (Read more here)
The article was published in University Business in April 2020.
September 25, 2020
President Mantella sent a message to the campus community about a racial Zoom incident.
September 23, 2020
Presidential Fellows provide enhanced leadership development and greater engagement for faculty.
September 23, 2020
The Learner Engagement Challenge connected high school and GVSU students to reimagine learning.
September 10, 2020
Senior Leadership decided to report all verified positive cases associated with the university.
August 28, 2020
During her Convocation remarks, President Mantella urged students to find joy in their journeys.
“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
“I look forward to partnering with incoming President Philomena Mantella to continue GVSU's legacy of helping our students access higher education, complete degrees, and prosper here in Michigan.”Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
“She introduced herself to me and my entire tour group! She was very nice and welcoming!”Kelsea McConnell, admissions tour guide