Timothy Law Snyder Named LMU’s 16th President

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Timothy Law Snyder, LMU’s 16th president, brings with him experience accumulated at three Jesuit institutions: Loyola University Maryland, Georgetown University and Fairfield University.


The Resume

Timothy Law Snyder was vice president for Academic Affairs at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore from 2007–14. He began his academic career at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1987 and became dean of science before moving in 2001 to Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. A native of Ohio, Snyder earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University as well as an M.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in psychology and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Toledo.

The Loyola Marymount University Board of Trustees announced in March that Timothy Law Snyder will be the 16th president of the university. Snyder, who was chosen after a nationwide search, took up his new post June 1, 2015.

In announcing the selection, Board Chair Kathleen H. Aikenhead said: “Timothy Law Snyder is the best person to lead LMU forward. He has a long and distinguished career in Jesuit higher education as a teacher, scholar, dean and vice president, and has a passion for our mission of creating the well-rounded person within a rich academic community of excellence.”

Snyder will succeed President David W. Burcham, who announced in October 2014 that he would step down on May 31, 2015. Burcham was named president in 2010.

As an accomplished academic, Snyder has received numerous grants and recognitions for his work and has focused on guiding students to academic success. His teaching career includes visiting faculty positions at Berklee College of Music and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also taught at Princeton University and the University of Toledo. His research interests include computational mathematics, data structures, design and analysis of algorithms, geometric probability,

Michael Weiler, S.J., provincial of the California Province of the Society of Jesus, commended Snyder’s selection. “As an academic long engaged in the Catholic intellectual tradition, Dr. Snyder will continue to sharpen the university’s attention to its Jesuit mission of educating the whole person and the teacher-scholar model that has served LMU so well.”

Snyder’s inauguration will take place on Oct. 6, 2015.

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