State of the Union Address

Dr. Philomena V. Mantella portrait
gvsu.edu

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
gvsu.edu

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.”

Dr. Philomena V. Mantella portrait
gvsu.edu

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.