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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President Mantella sets bold agenda

Grand Valley is a Triple Threat


What people say about President Mantella and GVSU

“Dr. Mantella is the right person to take over the helm as president of Grand Valley at this time. I am impressed by her academic background in college and university administration and in particular her vast experience in enrollment management and student life. Together with my faculty colleagues, we are excited and looking forward to working with her as we positively impact the lives of our students.”

Felix Ngassa, Chair of the University Academic Senate

“She introduced herself to me and my entire tour group! She was very nice and welcoming!”

Kelsea McConnell, admissions tour guide

President's Reflections

Reflections on campus, life, and leadership from President Mantella.


GVNext News

Fireside Chat: British philosopher talks importance of the humanities

December 06, 2019

A.C. Grayling said studying the humanities helps students become thought leaders and entrepreneurs.

Mantella presents feedback from fall semester Grand Huddles

December 04, 2019

The meetings were centered around the university's essence and its future opportunities.

President Mantella announces lifetime resource for alumni, talent epicenter for community

November 15, 2019

The Laker Lifetime Learning Account is available to alumni to use for continuing education.

Photo gallery: inauguration week events

November 14, 2019

Photos from student scholarship presentations, university historical exhibition and celebrations.

President Mantella unites national, regional educators to activate change

November 13, 2019

Leaders from across the country discussed how to transform education models to better serve students

Investiture for President Mantella set for November 15

November 11, 2019

During inauguration week, President Mantella will engage with students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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