On Oct. 6, Dr. Timothy Law Snyder was installed as Loyola Marymount University’s 16th president during an afternoon inauguration ceremony at Gersten Pavilion. More than 2,000 supporters attended, including students, faculty and local dignitaries.

The former vice president for academic affairs at Loyola University in Maryland, Snyder has also served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University and dean of science at Georgetown University.

Leading up to the event, Father Michael F. Weiler celebrated morning Mass at Sacred Heart Chapel. Additionally, on Sept. 30, Georgetown University Professor John F. Haught presented an inauguration lecture, exploring Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment.

LMU board chair Kathleen H. Aikenhead supported Snyder’s appointment, saying he was “the best person to lead LMU forward,” while stressing that he had “passion for [LMU’s] mission of creating a well-rounded person within a rich academic community of excellence.”

An accomplished academic, Snyder has received numerous grants and recognitions for his academic work. He has 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.

Snyder, a native of Ohio, received his Ph.D. and M.A. in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University, while also earning a M.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in psychology and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Toledo.

Snyder will succeed President David W. Burcham.