WESTCHESTER — Timothy Law Snyder, whose career in higher education spans more than two decades as a professor, scholar, dean and vice president, was installed Oct. 6 as the 16th president of Loyola Marymount University.
In his inaugural speech, Snyder spoke about the university’s place in a changing society.
“As we contemplate our wildly changing world, as we address that world today, and as our global imagination illuminates pathways into our future, we must accept change, embrace change, imagine, then inspire change,” he said.
At the time of his appointment, LMU board Chair Kathleen H. Aikenhead described Snyder as “the best person to lead LMU forward,” and recognized his “passion for our mission of creating the well-rounded person within a rich academic community of excellence.”
More than 2,000 attendees were on hand for the afternoon inauguration ceremony at Gersten Pavilion on the Westchester campus, which also featured remarks by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“LMU is one of the great institutions of higher learning in Los Angeles and around this country,” said Garcetti, who spoke about the university’s place in a city that celebrates diversity. “Every day, with every graduate, LMU adds to that legacy.”
Snyder, who succeeds President David W. Burcham, is the former vice president for academic affairs at Loyola University in Maryland. He also served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University, and as dean of science at Georgetown University, where he began his academic career.
His teaching career has included 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, digital processing and computer music, and airline flight safety.
The Ohio native earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University. He also holds a master’s degree in mathematics and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and mathematics from the University of Toledo.
LMU is the largest Jesuit Catholic university for undergraduates in the Southwest, with more than 6,000 undergraduate students and 3,000-plus graduate and law students.