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.”

Philomena V. Mantella

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President Mantella sets bold agenda

Grand Valley is a Triple Threat


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

“As a new graduate student pursuing her master's degree in higher education, it is so inspiring to see a strong woman like Philly taking on this role. When I look at President Mantella, I know that someone like me can one day run an exceptional university and live out their passion for developing students.”

Caroline Murray, GVSU graduate student

President's Reflections

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


GVNext News

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.

President Mantella introduces strategy for the future of GVSU

November 01, 2019

Mantella outlined the Reach Higher Together plan during the November 1 Board of Trustees meeting.

GVSU portion of Grand River Greenway opens

October 23, 2019

A ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of the GVSU segment of the Grand River Greenway.

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