In 2019, President Philomena V. Mantella initiated the Presidential Fellows initiative to provide enhanced leadership development for faculty and greater engagement of faculty with university leadership. The initiative is open to all tenured faculty members at Grand Valley State University. Presidential Fellows focus on one or more focus areas that advance university priorities. Fellows also serve on the President’s Council.
Current Presidential Fellows
Interim Department Chair, Geology & Professor of Biomedical Sciences (CLAS)
Associate Professor and Director of the M.Ed. in Higher Education program (CECI)
Presidential Fellows - 2021-2023 Cohort
Presidential Fellow for Learner Pathways
Associate Professor of Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
Presidential Fellow for Inclusion & Equity
Assistant Vice President for the Social Justice Centers & Director of Office of Multicultural Affairs
Presidential Fellow for Reach Higher 2025
Associate Dean, University Libraries
Presidential Fellow for the Advancement of Learning
Professor of Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
The 2023-2025 application closed on January 13, 2023.
Presidential Fellows Details
2021 Faculty Associates
Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury, associate professor of Educational Foundations, was the Presidential Fellow for Strategy Development and Outreach.
Aaron Lowen, professor of economics and finance department chair, was the Presidential Fellow for Enterprise Learning & Development.
Bailey-Fakhoury worked with Mantella and members of the Senior Leadership Team on university strategy and will assisted in operationalizing initiatives across the university. She will had a special emphasis on supporting faculty innovation as the faculty lead for the Innovation Fund planning and review team.
Lowen worked with the president, the Provost's Office and a team of faculty and staff to strengthen and advance enterprise relationships and expand outreach. This included organizing and leading a business development team to identify and visit target companies for initial business-to-business outreach. It also included engaging faculty and staff experts for their input on making educational offerings more visible and accessible.
CHASITY BAILEY-FAKHOURY, PH.D.
Associate Professor, Educational Foundations
Director of Engagement for Education and Community Innovation
2019-2021 Presidential Fellow
AARON LOWEN, PH.D.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost's Office
Professor of Economics
2019-2021 Presidential Fellow
In 2019, the University Leadership Development (U LEAD) Task Force of the University Academic Senate issued several recommendations for leadership development at Grand Valley State University. In response, President Mantella began a faculty fellows program supporting at least two part-time fellows to work with university leadership in advancing key initiatives over a two-year experience.