Philomena Mantella


Grand Valley State University

President Philomena Mantella is the first woman president to lead Grand Valley State University. Her career in higher education is marked with success propelling universities forward into new markets, expanded relationships, and countless new program innovations. Her strategic vision for Grand Valley positions the university for increased relevance, innovation, and meaningful growth. Mantella has expanded the university’s offerings and potential learners with inclusive programs aimed at non-traditional and underrepresented students. She is a collaborator who embraces the role of education to improve lives and communities. She earned a Ph.D. in college and university administration from Michigan State University.