LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David W. Burcham will be installed as the 15th president of Loyola Marymount University in an inauguration ceremony in Gersten Pavilion on Tuesday, March 8, at 3:15 p.m. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be among the speakers at the ceremony.
Prior to the inauguration, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez will preside over an inauguration Mass in the university's Sacred Heart Chapel.
Burcham, who graduated from Loyola Law School in 1984, is the first lay president in LMU's 100-year history. LMU will begin its centennial celebration this spring.
After graduating first in his class, Burcham spent seven years in public and private practice including a clerkship in the U.S. Supreme Court. He returned to the law school and teaching in 1991 and was appointed senior vice president and dean of the law school in 2000. He served there until 2008, when he was named LMU's executive vice president and provost. In 2010, Burcham took over leadership of the university when Robert B. Lawton, S.J., resigned for health reasons. Burcham served as acting and then interim president before his election by the Board of Trustees last October.
The inauguration of David W. Burcham as president of Loyola Marymount University
Tuesday, March 8, at 3:15 p.m.
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
About Loyola Marymount University
Located between the Pacific Ocean and downtown Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University is a comprehensive university offering 56 major programs, 38 master's degrees and a doctoral degree in education from four colleges, two schools and Loyola Law School. Founded in 1911, LMU is ranked third in "Best Regional Universities West" by U.S. News & World Report. LMU is the largest Catholic institution of higher education on the West Coast with nearly 5,700 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate and law students. For more LMU news and events, please visit www.lmu.edu/news.
SOURCE Loyola Marymount University