College of Arts and Sciences Dean accepts Vice Presidency at Loyola College in Maryland


 Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University, announced Thursday that he has accepted the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs at Loyola College in Maryland and will begin work there in July.

Timothy Law SnyderDean Snyder came to Fairfield in 2001 from Georgetown University. He spent 14 years there serving in a variety of positions: faculty member in the Department of Computer Science, Wright Family Distinguished Professor, and Computer Science department chair. He was named Dean of Science in 1995. He also taught for two summers at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. A graduate of the University of Toledo with degrees in psychology and mathematics and an M.S. in mathematics, he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in applied and computational mathematics at Princeton University.

Of his decision, Dean Snyder said, "I am honored to join Loyola College, a sibling Jesuit institution known for its outstanding faculty and its many innovations and successes. The Fairfield community - its students, faculty and staff, alumni, parents, friends, and administrative colleagues - have shared countless and continuous gifts of wisdom and joy during my years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. I am honored to have been associated with Fairfield and am confident that the coming years here will witness yet greater accomplishments."

Fairfield's Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Orin Grossman, said, "Tim has been a tireless advocate for the College of Arts and Sciences. He has found ways to increase the size of the faculty under very difficult budgetary constraints. In addition, he spearheaded major curricular reviews with an eye to integrative learning. Under his leadership, the College developed an external Board of Advisors that has led to great benefits. Loyola Maryland is getting a terrific academic leader and we will all miss him."

During his tenure, Dean Snyder also led the process of formulating the College's first Long-range Academic Plan - a process which involved the collaboration of nearly 150 members of the faculty and he was a member of the Drafting Committee for Fairfield's Strategic Vision document. Graduate program enrollments in the College have also grown under his leadership and there have been new initiatives for living, learning, and intellectual life, including the Sophomore Symposium and the Women in Science and Math residence community.

Commenting on the departure of Dean Snyder, Fairfield President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., said, "This is a bittersweet moment, indeed, and a great loss for Fairfield. Loyola will be very fortunate to have Tim at the helm of the academic area. We will miss both Tim and his wife, Carol, as part of our community, but we are delighted that they remain within the Jesuit family. My sincere congratulations and every good wish go with Tim for his future at Loyola."

(To read the announcement from Loyola Maryland visit: http://www.loyola.edu
Dean Snyder's appointment is the top news story on the College's home page)

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on February 22, 2007