First Year Housing: Maher Hall

Maher Hall

Maher Hall LLC: Collaborate

Maher Hall has been adjusted for the 2020-21 academic year to all single rooms. Each room contains twin XL beds, a desk and dresser, and a bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink.


Maher Hall is a first-year residence hall located on the top three floors of the five-story building that was originally St. Francis Seminary. Maher is a co-ed building. A Community Director, seven Resident Assistants, and a Resident Minister reside in this area.

The first two floors contain classrooms and administrative offices. Most rooms have carpeting in the main living area. The residence rooms and bathrooms must be cleaned by the residents. Each resident is provided with an extra-long (80") twin bed, chest of drawers, desk, and desk chair. In addition, each room has wireless internet and basic cable TV access. Most residence rooms are entered from the outside balconies and some rooms have splendid views of Mission Bay, Tecolote Canyon, or the fountain in front of Maher. Vending machines and laundry areas are also provided. Maher Hall is centrally located on campus near classrooms, the health center, the library, bookstore, the mail center, Aromas, and the Hahn University Center. A TV lounge and a study lounge are both located on the fifth floor. The University Alcohol Policy designates Maher Hall as a no alcohol living area regardless of age or class status.

View some 360-degree photos of Maher Hall (you may need to switch to the old version of Facebook to view the 360 photos).

Maher RA Office

The Resident Assistant Office, located in Maher 306W, is where you can find Resident Assistants working on programming efforts and performing their on-duty hours. Feel free to stop by and talk with any RA to discuss any concerns and ideas you may have for Maher Hall. The Maher RA duty hours are daily from 8pm-midnight Sunday7:00PM - 12:00AM Monday-Thursday, and 8:00PM – 2:00AM on Friday and Saturday. You can reach the Maher RA Office Desk at 619-767-3177.

Please visit the RA Office desk during duty hours for any services including sundries such as toilet paper, vacuums, or trash bags.

Maher Group Study Lounge

The Study Lounge is located on the 5th floor. You will find approximately a dozen individual desks and chairs in the lounge.

Maher Lounge

The Maher Lounge is located on the 5th floor. Relax and watch a movie on the leather couches. Grab your pool cue for a game on the pool table found in the lounge. There is a DVD player for viewing the latest release. You can check out the DVD player and pool equipment at the Maher RA Office (MH 306W).

Maher Laundry Facilities

The Laundry Facilities include washing machines and dryers located on each floor of Maher Hall. You can purchase a laundry card and/or reload money on your laundry card at the Add Value station, located on the wall right outside the Maher Desk (MH 306W).

Please visit our Residential Life Services website for more information on laundry services.


On the first floor of Maher Hall, on the west end, is USD’s award-winning coffeehouse. Always abuzz with activity, Aromas is the perfect setting to enjoy a beverage with friends without having to leave campus. They have couches, tables, and computer stations for students to use. Please visit their website for more information.

Maher Community Director: Carrington Lemon

Carrington Lemon is the Community Director for Maher Hall. He was born and raised in the heart of Chicago, Illinois, where he spent one too many cold winters and humid summers. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Political Science and Sociology. Carrington's involvement in new student orientation during his undergraduate career influenced his decision to continue his educational journey. He went on to earn his master's degree in Higher Education Leadership at the University of San Diego. During his time at USD, he found his true passion for working with students and aspires to go to law school one day.

Carrington’s office is located in Maher 306E. He can be contacted by email at or by phone at 619-767-3105, Monday thru Friday.

Resident Minister: Fr. Michael Timothy White, C.S.Sp.

Born in Riverside, California on July 15, 1956, he attended St. Thomas the Apostle Church and elementary school, and, Notre Dame College Preparatory School staffed the Congregation of the Holy Spirit religious community (also known as the “Spiritans”) in the same city.

Joining the Spiritan formation program in College, he completed his undergraduate studies, attending Rice University and the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX in 1977 with degrees in Philosophy and Education. He completed his novitiate and professed vows as a Spiritan on August 1, 1979, at St. Mary’s Seminary (Ferndale) in Norwalk, CT prior to entering graduate studies (in Theology) at St. Mary’s University and (in Divinity) at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX. After diaconal ordination, he served in his community’s educational, formational, and missionary work, learning from the poor in the favelas (the urban shantytowns) of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Returning to the United States and after his presbyteral ordination by Bp. Richard H. Ackerman, C.S.Sp. on September 23, 1983, he briefly taught at the integrated St. Louis High School in Lake Charles, LA while at the same time assisting in the Spiritan African-American parishes of Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus, and their missions of Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes. Fr. White was then named director of the Spiritan College Seminary program in Houston, TX while teaching at St. Pius X, an inner-city high school for six years. During this period, he also served in campus ministry at the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, and Rice University. In 1989, he was elected to serve his Spiritan community as Provincial Superior. Based in San Antonio, TX, during the next six years he traveled the province and many countries in the Americas, Europe, and Africa in support of the Spiritan missionaries who were assigned there, securing resources to assist them in their efforts.

Once his mandate was completed in 1995, he was assigned to the University of San Diego for sabbatical studies, earning a certificate in Education and Leadership Studies with an emphasis in non-profit development. From 1995 until 2001 he served as chaplain, Religious Studies department chair, (state championship award-winning) surfing coach, and a teacher of senior Theology classes at the University of San Diego High School. During this same time, he served as Resident University Chaplain at the University of San Diego. In 2001, Fr. White was reelected Provincial Superior of the Spiritans.

Residing in Maher Hall (a first-year undergraduate residence at the center of campus) he continues to serve as a Resident University Chaplain with the University Ministry team, assisting in liturgies, retreats, counseling, spiritual direction, overseeing the first-year program of the Bishop Maher Catholic Leadership Scholars and teaching four classes as an adjunct Lecturer in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at USD: Christianity and Its Practice, Introduction to Catholic Theology, Theology of Christian Marriage, Jesus of Hollywood, and the Problem of God and Human Suffering. He also continues to assist in coordinating the USD Men’s Group, and as an advisor to the Transfer Learning Community. He enjoys celebrating liturgies at local parishes, sports, reading, and film, especially documentaries.

Residence: Bishop Leo T. Maher Hall 410/411 (619.767.3559)

Office: Founders Hall 22C (619.260.2296)

Cell: 619.571.0174