David BurchamMessage from the President

Welcome and thank you for joining us in commemorating 100 years of Loyola Marymount University. Our yearlong centennial promises to be one of the most vibrant celebrations in the history of the University and will bring the LMU community together like never before.

Since our founding in 1911 as Los Angeles College, we have grown and evolved, undergoing a number of changes in name, location and structure, but always sharing common threads that weave their way through our history and bind us. These include our heritage as a Jesuit and Marymount institution, a commitment to academic excellence, our distinct sense of community, and a unique ability to inspire lives of leadership, service and purpose.

The theme of our centennial celebration is “LMU at 100: Learn. Lead. Serve.” As we honor our past and look to the future as a preeminent Catholic university, this theme expresses our Ignatian roots and continued commitment to our mission of the encouragement of learning, education of the whole person, and the service of faith and promotion of justice. We also celebrate a century in Los Angeles, a thriving, diverse, culturally and historically rich city that has served as the ultimate classroom for preparing students to become responsible citizens and shapers of the world.

I invite you to explore this website to learn more about LMU's history, get up-to-date information about exciting upcoming events, and even share your own memories and photos.  I also encourage you to return often, as we will be adding new features and opportunities for you to participate in the festivities between now and May 2012.

It is a great honor and privilege to serve as LMU’s president as the University marks its centennial.  But it is you—our students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, donors and friends—who have made LMU the outstanding university it is today and who will carry it into its next 100 years.  Join me in celebrating this remarkable place, its steadfast mission and most importantly, the people who make us LMU.

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   David W. Burcham
   15th President of Loyola Marymount University