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. 

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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.”

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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 feel that President Mantella is an awesome person, and will lead Grand Valley in the right direction.”

Josue Garcia, GVSU student

GVNext News

President Mantella encourages Laker family to bring light to the world

March 27, 2020

President Philomena V. Mantella encouraged the GVSU community to stay safe, healthy and positive.

Spectrum Health moves beds, equipment into CHS as contingency during COVID-19 pandemic

March 26, 2020

Gov. Whitmer called the agreement between Spectrum Health and GVSU an all hands-on-deck strategy.

Students begin to move out of on-campus housing as remote learning extends to April 25

March 18, 2020

Students can sign up to select a move-out date that works best for their needs.

GVSU's accelerated degree program will improve state's productivity, fit governor's initiative

February 12, 2020

Mantella said the online program allows students to shape their degrees while earning a certificate.

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