Speeches and Writings
Mantella OP-ED: Silicon Valley needs the Heartland
It's easy to be jealous. For decades, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York have had a lock on nearly all the high-tech companies and the tens of thousands of jobs that they generated. "Fly-over country" was left out.
Things have changed.
The COVID-19 pandemic opened the door to remote work for millions of Americans. Many in coastal tech hubs realized they were fed up with the high cost of living and long commutes. Today there are some promising signs the high-tech economy so long associated with Silicon Valley is coming to our backyards. The question is: Are we ready to meet this extraordinary opportunity?
President Mantella envisions Grand Valley as leader in returning adult education
President Philomena V. Mantella spoke to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education and Community Colleges on March 17, 2022 in Lansing.
“There are two million Michigan residents with some college credit but no degree,” said Mantella. Addressing this gap should be a priority for these persons and their employers, Mantella told lawmakers. “We are talking about keeping our talent in the state and keeping our economy competitive. Our university embraces the opportunity to think about education in different ways and how we can give people opportunities in all ages and phases of their lives,” said Mantella.
Mantella honored as one of West Michigan's most influential women
President Philomena V. Mantella was one of 50 women honored March 10 by the Grand Rapids Business Journal at its 50 Most Influential Women event in West Michigan.
As the first woman president at Grand Valley, Mantella is leading the fourth largest university in the state. She also has a strong commitment to more opportunities for women and other underrepresented groups.
The event held at GLC Live at 20 Monroe in Grand Rapids honored women across industries of academia, nonprofit, healthcare, law, business, financial and media.
Mantella: Increase investment in educated workforce
President Philomena V. Mantella wrote a commentary published in Bridge on February 25: “Michigan is dead last in Midwest in college funding. That must change.”
Mantella wrote: "When it comes to public investment in public higher education in the Great Lakes states, Michigan is dead last. Michigan cannot deliver on that vast potential while dead last in educational investment. We need an educated workforce so we can compete and win in the new economy. Only then can we attract new and high-tech jobs to our state."
The HATCH Podcast with President Mantella
In their very first episode of The HATCH Podcast, host, Tate Chamberlin, discusses the future of education with HATCH education lab coordinator, President Philomena Mantella of Grand Valley State University, and esteemed lab guests, Ty Hobson-Powell, and Zineb Mouhyi. President of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, Philly Mantella brings 30 years of higher education experience to both her university role and her work transforming inter-institutional collaborations and designing partnerships for diversity in learning.
President Mantella named one of Crain's most influential women in Michigan
Crain’s Detroit Business selected Grand Valley State University President Philomena V. Mantella as one of Crain’s 2021 Most Influential Women. The publication’s editors said the award is given every five years to 100 of the most influential women, calling it Crain’s “most competitive and prestigious awards programs.”
Mantella was chosen from hundreds of nominations and newsroom suggestions of the region’s most talented and powerful women. The list consists of women in business, public policy, nonprofit work and higher education, whose work has had a significant impact on the state.
President Philomena V. Mantella announced a gift to create new T4 Scholarship
Grand Valley State University President Philomena V. Mantella announced a gift to create a scholarship program designed to give access and a full-ride scholarship to underserved students who participate in a unique summer program and national pitch event.
A $2 million gift to the university by an anonymous national foundation will build a scholarship program around students identified through REP4.org, an initiative GVSU founded. The T4 Scholarship program will assist students who demonstrate passion for education, are the first in their family to go to college and have limited means. The donor was inspired by GVSU and its commitment through REP4 to identify promising students in a unique way.
Mantella op-ed: Colleges, universities need to provide better services for veterans
President Philomena V. Mantella called on colleges and universities to provide better support for veterans who enroll in classes and degree programs after leaving the military, saying higher education must recognize the value and skills this student population adds to a campus.
Mantella wrote an op-ed, "Education must do more for our veterans," published October 12 in the Evolllution, a publication for higher education.
STORIES OF COVID PODCAST
President Mantella appears on the Stories of COVID with Veronica Kirin podcast. In her interview, she discusses the role in technology as an accelerant for many in higher education. She also shares a wonderful story about how GVSU has motivated their students to serve others and make a difference.
GRAND VALLEY PRESIDENT: WHY THE BATTLE FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION IS WORTH IT
President Mantella makes the case for in-person instruction with this op-ed in Crain’s Business Detroit. Crain’s opinion page is a top outlet for Michigan’s leaders in business, government, and education.
Mantella demonstrates her bold leadership style by pushing readers to consider the “why” behind higher education’s COVID-19 response. Mantella’s proactive approach ensures that underserved populations like first-generation students, students of color, and low-income students can continue to pursue education despite the challenges of the current moment. A hybrid approach, she asserts, is the way to keep her campus safe without leaving anyone behind.
LIFELONG LEARNING: ADAPTING THE INSTITUTION FOR FUTURE SUSTAINABILITY
President Mantella interviews with EdUp to discuss her role at Grand Valley State University in a time of massive social and cultural change. She discusses the university's trajectory, the changes induced by COVID-19, and her perspective on the future of higher education, among other topics.