RICHARDSON, Texas (Jan. 30, 2006) — Keeping a commitment to provide a high-quality campus living experience for students, officials at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) this month hired Matthew Grief to serve as the university’s first-ever director of housing operations.
Grief will oversee UTD’s 1,238 apartment units and will coordinate the overall management of the university’s obligations to student accommodations. UTD, unlike most universities, offers unique campus housing exclusively through its Waterview Park apartments, rather than dormitories. Some of the apartments are owned by the university and some are owned by a non-profit foundation, but all are managed by a private company.
Among other tasks, Grief will establish measurable performance standards and advise UTD administrators about all matters related to student lodging. He will oversee the university’s relationship with its property management company; review management, maintenance and financial reports; and set up procedures that allow for the identification and resolution of conflicts between students and the management company.
Grief will report directly to Darrelene Rachavong, UTD’s vice president for student affairs.
“Matthew’s qualifications and experience will be invaluable as we work to streamline and enhance student housing options at UTD,” Rachavong said. “Our top priority is to offer residential facilities that provide a desirable, safe, secure and economical living environment and that attract students to the campus and enhance their overall collegiate experience.”
Grief’s position was created in response to findings by UTD’s Advisory Commission on Residential Housing, which was formed last May to investigate allegations about problems at Waterview. The commission, chaired by Dr. Michael Coleman, associate provost and dean of undergraduate education, presented its findings to UTD President Dr. David E. Daniel last September.
Grief previously served as managing director of Century Campus Housing Management, Centennial Court, at The University of Texas at Arlington, where he managed 368 apartment units and a staff of 17. Among other tasks, he oversaw the revenue and expense budgets and met regularly with students, parents and university officials. Prior to that, he served as director of residential housing at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and as a residence hall supervisor at Angelo State University.
Grief earned both his B.A. degree in history and his M.Ed. degree in school administration from Angelo State University.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.