Grand Valley State’s new President hopes to make the school a “breakout university” and a “21st century education leader” in the state of Michigan with the announcement of two, new initiatives. The announcement came during Philomena Mantella's investiture, a symbolic ceremony that unofficially began her reign as Grand Valley State University’s fifth president. Mantella announced two new initiatives during her speech on Friday, calling them an “investment in the future during a time when the landscape of higher education is changing.”
The first initiative is the Laker Lifetime Learning Account, a fund that will be set aside for Grand Valley Graduates to use in order to pay for higher educational purposes, such as certificates and accreditations.
““We will invest in, and build together, a Laker Lifetime learning account for all Laker graduates,” Mantella said. “Lakers can return to us to when their life journey requires them to gain additional skills or knowledge. This Laker account will begin this May,”
The second initiative will be the building of a talent epicenter, a physical space where companies, nonprofits, students and entrepreneurs in West Michigan can gather and collaborate on ideas.
Mantella is the fifth President in the school’s 60-year-history. Former President Thomas Haas introduced Mantella Friday as “the right person at the right time for the job.”