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."
GVSU in the News
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.
Here's the full podcast: "Stories of COVID with Philomena Mantella - Higher Education."
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."
December 03, 2020
A student huddle is planned for December 8.
November 17, 2020
Two faculty members have 45 years of service; Robert Beasecker, University Libraries, has 50 years.
November 16, 2020
November 18 statewide public health order affects operations of the university and other activities.
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.
“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