Lionel Maten
Lionel Maten

Spotlight: UTSA welcomes Lionel Maten, new director of housing and residence life

By Omar Hernandez
Public Affairs Specialist

(June 30, 2009)--This summer the UTSA Office of Student Affairs welcomed Lionel Maten as director of housing and residence life.

Maten will oversee all operations of on campus housing and residence life and will take over the responsibility of nurturing a safe and engaging living environment for nearly 1,700 students who live on main campus.

Just a few weeks on the job at UTSA and Maten’s schedule is packed with meetings. His phone is constantly ringing, and his inbox is filling up fast. If he’s overwhelmed you cannot see it. What is obvious is his passion for students and his new position.

“To be a part of an institution that has a vision of growth was very important to me,” said Maten.   “UTSA has a lot of energy and excitement built around that growth.  I have the opportunity to inherit a housing program still in its infancy and to be able to continue to develop that program into something special.”    

Maten commends John Kaulfus who recently acted as the interim director of housing and residence. And while Maten does expect to change the order of operations, he is quick to point out that he is inheriting a strong organization. 

“Change is not a reflection of anything being wrong it’s just that we are going to grow differently,” said Maten. “My philosophy has always been organization led through student leadership.”

Outside of his excitement for UTSA and his new responsibilities, Maten is eager get his family settled in San Antonio. Maten is originally from Louisiana, so to be able to return to the South after spending many cold winters in Michigan is something his family is looking forward to.

“They’ll be here at the end of the month. They’re excited,” said Maten. “Most of my wife’s family is in Texas, so she’s excited that our children will be able to grow up around cousins.  Plus, we get to enjoy the long summers.”

Maten completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) and his graduate work at Murray State in Kentucky. 

Maten has 15 years of experience in residence life. After graduate school, Maten returned to UAM to work as a hall coordinator. From there he worked at University of Southern Mississippi, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Louisville.

Prior to UTSA, Maten was the director of university housing at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. There Maten helped grow a struggling housing program to one that exceeds full occupancy.

There are four housing complexes on-campus offering several styles of group living. Students living on-campus are close to classrooms, exhibits, the student center, library, athletic facilities, student recreation center and a multitude of activities.

Chaparral Village is UTSA’s first university owned and operated student housing complex. University Oaks and Chisholm are owned and operated by Century Development and provide housing to our UTSA students.

For more information about student housing visit UTSA Student Housing and Residence Web site ( or call 210-458-6200.


Close-up: Lionel Maten

  • Favorite movie: "Most of my life now is spent watching Dora the Explorer"
  • Music: gospel
  • Leisure time: fishing and just getting started on learning golf
  • Family time: spend time at parks or traveling
  • Nickname: "Just 'Daddy' by my son, but we won't say what my friends call me."

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