Loyola Marymount University selects interim president

An interim president takes over today at Loyola Marymount University.

The private, Catholic university in Westchester has not picked a successor to Robert Lawton, who retired recently after he led the university for 11 years.

Provost David Burcham, a 1984 Loyola Marymount Law School graduate and a former professor, takes over as interim president while a search committee picks a permanent one. He said the university can’t run itself.

"It has 400 full-time faculty, about 1,600 full time staff, and 5,500 undergraduate students and another 1,200 graduate, another 1,300 law students, so I’ll have my hands full."

He said he’ll monitor the hiring of eight tenure-track professors. He’s also guiding the draft of a 20-year master plan that’ll include new construction and other improvements.

Burcham said that proposal is set to be finished and submitted to the L.A. City Council early next year.

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