»President James L. Doti, Ph.D

James, L. Doti, PhD has been president of Chapman University since 1991. In that time Chapman has added new buildings (including the award-winning Fish Interfaith Center), world-class faculty and earned a reputation as one of California’s preeminent private universities.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from the University of Chicago.  His articles have appeared in academic journals as well as periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  He is the co-author of two econometrics texts and co-editor of a collection of readings in free enterprise that received the Templeton Honor Award for Scholarly Excellence.

A champion of the liberal arts and sciences, President Doti is the founder of the Chapman University A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, holds the Donald Bren Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics and is an avid reader and cinephile. He is also a children’s book author, mountain climber, marathon runner and passionate Panther.

+-Extended Biography

Dr. Doti joined the Chapman faculty in 1974.  In 1978, he founded the Center for Economic Research, which became A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research in 1997.  He was appointed dean of the School of Business and Management (today’s George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics) in 1985, and served twice as Chapman’s acting president in 1988 and 1988-89.

He is married to Dr. Lynne Pierson Doti, who is the Stone Professor of Economics at Chapman.  They live in Villa Park with their cats, Tommy and Mitzie.   They have two grown children, Adam and Cara, and two grandsons, Parker James and Griffin.  They also have in their family a young man, Beatus Mushi from Tanzania, and a young woman, Gladys Mburu from Kenya.  Both attended Chapman as Schweitzer Scholars and earned degrees in the Argyros School of Business and Economics.

+-Children's Books

Jimmy Finds His Voice

Jimmy Finds His Voice

President Doti's newest children's book is now available for purchase or download. Kirkus Review calls it a 'charming story'. Get your copy now!

Discover Jimmy's first adventure ...

A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy

 

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President Doti

“To serve our university’s mission we need, as a learning community, to do all we can to build, nurture and sustain the most vibrant, exciting, involving and challenging intellectual environment where we treat each other with dignity and respect.”

-James L. Doti Ph.D