Dr. Philomena Mantella

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For the first time in history, Grand Valley State University will be under the leadership of a female, as today marks Dr. Philomena V. Mantella’s first day as President. Mantella comes from Boston, where she served as senior vice president and chief executive officer of the Lifelong Learning Network at Northeastern University. The new job in Allendale is a return to Michigan however, as Mantella earned her Ph’D in college and university administration at Michigan State.

Dr. Philomena V. Mantella portrait
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President Donald Trump dedicated one sentence to education during his State of the Union Address.

Incoming Grand Valley State University president, Dr. Philomena Mantella, attended the joint session of Congress as a guest of Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters. Monday before leaving for Washington D.C., Dr. Mantella told WGVU she was hopeful President Trump would highlight higher education’s role in America’s future. What did she make of the President’s brief remark?

“I would have liked to have seen education take a broader role in the conversation.”

Dr. Philomena V. Mantella portrait
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Grand Valley State University’s president-elect Dr. Philomena Mantella will attend tonight’s State of the Union Address as a guest of Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters. WGVU spoke with Dr. Mantella about Grand Valley’s role in the state’s workforce development and expectations for President Trump’s address.

“Well, this is a first for me. So, this will be exciting on a personal level.”