Administrative Staff


Manuel Vela, III

Manuel Vela is the Director of Housing and Residence Life at TAMIU. He oversees the operations, maintenance and residence life program for TAMIU’s student housing.  After spending several years assisting in the development of other student housing communities, Manuel has returned to his alma mater to help Dustdevils in the development of their future. 

Manuel graduated with his Master’s Degree in International Business from Texas A&M International University.  Manuel began his career in student housing as a Resident Assistant in the Residential Learning Community, and has worked in various capacities over the years, including Assistant Director and Director at other universities. Manuel is looking forward to connecting with students and supporting them as TAMIU once did for him.


Campus Office: Residential Learning Community

Assistant Director for Residence Life

Samantha Gonzalez

Campus Office: University Village 


Assistant Director for Facilities & Maintenance

Pedro Arizola

Campus Office: Residential Learning Community


Resident Director of Operations

Jose Antonio Romero

Campus Office: Residential Learning Community


Resident Director - Leasing & Marketing

 Jennifer Mendoza

Campus Office: Residential Learning Community





Housing Administrative Offices

Fall and Spring Hours:

University Village: Monday - Friday:  9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.*

Residential Learning Community: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. *

Residential Learning Community: Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm.

(Both Communities) Saturday: 12:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Phone: 956-326-1300    

*Office hours may vary during the semester depending on the university calendar

The Office of Housing & Residence Life is a proud member of the Division of Student Success

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