Speeches and Writings
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.
Wood Radio Interview | Mar 8, 2021
President Mantella joins West Michigan's Morning News to talk about being the first female president of GVSU, getting a black belt in Taekwondo, and more.
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.