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President Mantella's Biography
President Philomena V. Mantella
President Philomena V. Mantella began her tenure at Grand Valley State University in 2019, and her entrepreneurial disposition and her drive to expand access to the university quickly became evident. Mantella is the fifth president of GVSU, and she brings more than three decades of higher education experience to her role. She not only leads where she is, she develops transformational collaborations with other institutions. She strategically designs these partnerships to improve pathways for diverse learners across their lifetimes and to provide enterprises with talent. Collaborations across unique sectors mark her leadership style and her vision for education and the role it plays in the health of communities. She is committed to ensuring institutional integrity and building consensus for the mission and the noble cause of education.
Mantella has worked at public and private institutions in New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Massachusetts. She has a Ph.D. in college and university administration from Michigan State University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Syracuse University. Immediately prior to joining GVSU, she spent 18 years at Northeastern University as senior vice president of Enrollment and Student Life and the chief executive officer of the Lifelong Learning Network.