Philomena V. Mantella

Dr. Philomena V. Mantella portrait

As a guest of Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Grand Valley State University’s president-elect will join members of the U.S. Congress for Tuesday evening’s State of the Union address. WGVU spoke with Dr. Philomena Mantella.

“It was a personal call to my cellphone from Senator Peters and I thought what a wonderful welcome into the state.”

Last month, Dr. Philomena Mantella was named Grand Valley State University’s fifth president. While she won’t officially take office until July, she tells me meeting with U.S. Senate and House leadership is a tremendous occasion.

Dr. Philomena V. Mantella portrait

Grand Valley State University’s board of trustees has unanimously approved the university’s next president. Philomena V. Mantella will be the first woman leading the institution in its nearly 60 year history. She’ll become GVSU’s fifth president replacing Thomas J. Haas.