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Chapman University’s Jim Doti stepping down in August

September 29, 2015

Chapman chancellor and Brandman regent, Daniele Struppa, will become Chapman’s 13th president

Chapman President Jim Doti

Chapman President Jim Doti

Chapman University President Jim Doti announced Monday that his last day as president will be Aug. 31, 2016.

“President Doti has been an extraordinary leader. Arguably his 25-year tenure has been one of the most successful university presidencies of this century. Consistent with his visionary leadership, he has very ably planned for this transition,” said Brandman University Chancellor Gary Brahm in announcing the decision to the staff and faculty of Brandman, which is part of the Chapman University System.

Doti and his announced successor, Chapman University Chancellor Daniele Struppa, were key figures in Brandman University’s transition from Chapman University College to an independent university. Both serve on the Brandman Board of Regents. Struppa has served as regent for almost three years and Doti serves as an ex officio regent in his capacity as Chapman president.

Daniele Struppa

Daniele Struppa

“Daniele Struppa is an extraordinary academician, an exceptional leader and he is a man of the highest ethical standards.  We are truly fortunate to have this transition to someone so capable who knows Chapman and Brandman so well,” said Brahm.

In his announcement to the Chapman community, Doti announced his plans to return to teaching and research following the transition.

“I’m delighted that Daniele Struppa will become Chapman’s 13th president.  I have great confidence in Daniele’s vision and his leadership skills, all of which have been recognized by the faculty and the Board of Trustees who formally endorsed him as president designate,” wrote Doti. A search committee is being formed to replace Struppa as chancellor.

“It hardly seems possible that almost 25 years have passed since the Board of Trustees invited me to serve as Chapman’s president.  We have accomplished a great deal working together.  But we must, and I am confident we will, continue to make our university’s intellectual environment ever more vibrant, exciting and trendsetting,” wrote Doti.

Doti’s full announcement can be found on the Chapman University website.

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