Assistant Director of Technology Learning Services honored at retirement celebration
By Emily Christiansen
Longtime information technology staff member Lloyd Matzner retired after 38 years this May with a celebration in the Travis Room to honor his contributions to the University of Houston-Downtown.
Matzner has held many roles during his time at the university.
“My first position at UHD in September of 1981 was Coordinator of Audio Visual Services, which were a part of the Library at that time," he said. "In the subsequent years, I have served as Director of Audio Visual Services, Assistant Director of University Relations, Interim Director of University Relations, Director of Multimedia Services and Instructional Television, and Assistant Director of Technology Learning Services.”
He also found time to teach as an adjunct instructor for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and for the Marilyn Davies College of Business.
Matzner graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Communications and later earned a master's degree in Educational Technology from the University of Southern California.
During his career at UHD, one of Matzner’s main goals was to encourage the use of technology to enhance students’ learning experience.
“I have been most fortunate to have worked with talented colleagues in Multimedia Services and Information Technology who have shared in the goal to provide up-to-date classroom technology and presentation facilities, “Matzner said. “Multimedia and Video Production Services have worked to enhance and supplement instruction as well as to market our degree programs and showcase university events.”
His colleagues expressed their appreciation for Matzner during his retirement celebration.
David Bradley, vice president for Administration and Finance, described how Matzner was ready to provide a helping hand wherever he was needed.
“Lloyd has been involved in all events, big and small. You’d see Lloyd right in the thick of things” Bradley said. “He reminds me of the early days of the university when we were constantly short-staffed and we all needed to pitch in. He has a willingness to do whatever needs to be done.”
Dr. Hank Roubicek, recently retired professor of Communication Studies, also spoke about how helpful Matzner was for him.
“He has always been there for me, “ Roubicek said, “as a friend first and as a colleague second.”
Erin Mayer, the retired Director of Information Technology, explained that Matzner’s legacy will live on at UHD.
“He is part of the fabric of UHD,” she said. “Even though he is retiring, he is still going to be part of the fabric of UHD due to his mentoring and involvement.”
Matzner plans to enjoy his retirement thoroughly while traveling, teaching part-time, volunteering, and taking long walks with his dog.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.