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

“Congratulations Dr. Philomena V. Mantella on being named the incoming President of GVSU! I look forward to working with you!”

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga

“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.


GVNow News

University begins search for vice president for Enrollment Development

October 14, 2019

An executive search firm will assist in recruiting efforts to replace retiring Vice President Blue.

Walk with President Mantella, Wellness Fair to be held October 4

October 03, 2019

President Mantella and university leaders will lace up their shoes for a campus walk October 4.

GVSU named 'Best College Buy' for 24 consecutive years

October 01, 2019

GVSU has been named one of America's 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research and Evaluation.

Sustainability Week events include 'Walk with the President'

September 27, 2019

Campus Sustainability Week runs from September 30 through October 5.

GVSU welcomes one of its largest first-year classes

September 18, 2019

It's the eighth year in a row the university has welcomed more than 4,000 freshmen to campus.

President Mantella says universities need to evolve to meet needs

September 12, 2019

Mantella said education options should be accessible and support learning at all stages of life.  

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