James L. Doti

President Emeritus

James Doti earned his B.S. degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He has been president of Chapman University since 1991 and holds the Donald Bren Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics.

Dr. Doti joined the Chapman faculty in 1974. In 1978, he founded the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research to encourage faculty and students to engage in economic and business research of high quality and to disseminate the results of this research to the business community. Under his leadership, the Anderson Center became nationally recognized, with its economic forecast and other research results cited in Business Week, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and USA Today.

Dr. Doti’s 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 econometric texts and co-editor of a collection of readings in free enterprise that received the Templeton Honor Award for Scholarly Excellence.

Dr. Doti is a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

He has completed 50 marathons and climbed four of the world’s famed Seven Summits. He is also an avid reader and writer. His first children’s book, A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy, was published in 2010 and became a Sons of Italy Book Club selection. His second, Jimmy Finds His Voice, came out in January 2013.