Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.
Timothy Law Snyder is the 16th president of Loyola Marymount University. He has been a distinguished educator, mathematician, academic administrator, and musician at Jesuit institutions for nearly 30 years. Snyder’s academic and research interests include: computational mathematics, data structures, design and analysis of algorithms, geometric probability, digital signal processing, airline flight safety, HIV diagnosis and prevention, and the education of the Millennial Generation. He earned his M.A. and his Ph.D. in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University. He also graduated with an M.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in psychology, and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Toledo.
Prior to LMU, Snyder served as vice president for academic affairs at Loyola University Maryland from 2007-14. He was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University from 2001-07, and dean of science at Georgetown University from 1995-99.
Snyder’s career has been devoted to the Jesuit and Marymount tradition of encouraging learning, educating whole persons, and furthering the service of faith and the promotion of justice. He told LMU Magazine: “We don’t just educate well, we educate with purpose. And we have the incredible academic freedom to think and talk about anything, and to forge faith with reason. Not many places do that, and only the Jesuits do all the above.”
Snyder envisions LMU to become the definitive center for global imagination and its impacts. Since his arrival in June 2015, he has challenged the university to reimagine and expand LMU’s global, creative, and interdisciplinary footprints. Snyder is expanding LMU’s reputational capital by developing its brand and market position nationally and internationally. Under his leadership, the university has: achieved record-setting enrollments, by volume and quality; strengthened diversity and inclusion programs; exceeded fundraising targets, with particular attention to student scholarships and accessibility; improved significantly in national rankings; and positioned LMU as an institution of global impact.
Snyder has welcomed world leaders to LMU, including President Bill Clinton, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations, former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, and former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Snyder has accelerated the institution’s symbioses with Silicon Beach, one of the world’s fastest growing creative and tech innovation hubs. Snyder has developed LMU’s renown as The University of Silicon Beach™ and is establishing LMU’s Playa Vista Campus.
Among Snyder’s professional, intellectual, and creative pursuits, he is an active musician. He writes, arranges, records, masters, and produces his own music, which are found online at www.lmu.edu/snydertunes. He is also active in social media though his handle @LMUSnyder on Twitter.