Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.
Timothy Law Snyder is the 16th president of Loyola Marymount University. He has been a distinguished educator, mathematician, and academic administrator at Jesuit institutions for nearly 30 years. President 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 and post-millennial generations. 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, President 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.
President Snyder has devoted his career to the Jesuit and Marymount tradition of encouraging learning, educating whole persons, and furthering the service of faith and the promotion of justice. “We don’t just educate well, we educate with purpose,” he told LMU Magazine. “We have the incredible academic freedom to think and talk about anything, and to forge faith with reason.”
President 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 LMU’s global, creative, and interdisciplinary footprints. President 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 enhanced its position as an institution of global impact.
President 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. President Snyder has accelerated the institution’s symbioses with Silicon Beach, developing LMU’s renown as The University of Silicon Beach™ and establishing LMU’s Playa Vista Campus.
Among President Snyder’s professional, intellectual, and creative pursuits, he is a musician. He writes, arranges, records, masters, and produces his own music, which is found online at www.lmu.edu/snydertunes. He is also active in social media through his @LMUSnyder Twitter handle.
Updated July 2019