Timothy Law Snyder will be the 16th president when he takes over in June. He will replace David W. Burcham, who has served as president since 2010 and is retiring. Burcham was previously the interim president and provost at the campus and a top administrator of Loyola Law School near downtown.
Snyder is Catholic but is not a priest and would be the school's second lay president. Burcham, a Protestant, was the first.
Loyola Marymount University has nearly 9,400 students. The school did not immediately disclose how much Snyder would be paid.
An increasing number of Catholic universities around the country have lay presidents.
Snyder received his undergraduate degrees from the
Kathleen H. Aikenhead, the chair of Loyola Marymount University's board, said Snyder "has a passion for our mission of creating the well-rounded person within a rich academic community of excellence. We are grateful to have his experience and leadership."