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.
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
Virtual Laker Town Halls
The Laker family is holding strong in this unprecedented time of local, national, and global crisis. Members of our campus community joined President Mantella for one of the virtual sessions below to discuss the impact on Grand Valley today and in the future.
GVSU in the News
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.
July 01, 2020
President Mantella energized the GVSU community to shape the university as a leader in education.
June 26, 2020
Free tutoring services available to all K-12 Michigan students; food distribution continues weekly.
June 23, 2020
President Mantella said the proposal will grow a cadre of GVSU alumni in the tech industry.
June 22, 2020
President Mantella outlined preparations during the June 22 Board of Trustees meeting.
June 19, 2020
The university recently concluded a successful Laker Effect campaign, which raised $130 million.
“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
“This was a unanimous vote because the trustees saw a finalist with experience in key areas, from enrollment management and student life to an entrepreneurial approach to building lifelong learning opportunities. Dr. Mantella has the right combination of experience in higher education and will shape a strategic vision to lead Grand Valley in the years ahead.”GVSU Board of Trustees Chair Mary Kramer
“She introduced herself to me and my entire tour group! She was very nice and welcoming!”Kelsea McConnell, admissions tour guide