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James Doti, Former Chapman University President, Joins MIND Research Institute Board

Irvine, Calif., July 5, 2017 James Doti, Ph.D., who recently stepped down as president of Chapman University after 25 years, is now joining the board of directors for the education nonprofit MIND Research Institute.

“Jim Doti is an extraordinary leader who transformed the higher education landscape in Orange County,” said John Phelan, chairman of MIND’s board and a retired executive vice president of Capital Group Research and Management Company. “We are thrilled to add his expertise to MIND Research Institute’s board.”

As president of Chapman University, Doti cemented Chapman’s reputation as a highly-regarded regional university. He oversaw the establishment of 10 schools and colleges, quadrupled the student body, doubled the graduation rate, and raised tens of millions of dollars in philanthropic support.

Doti also serves on the Board of Directors of Simon Foundation for Education and Housing.

“I’m excited about MIND Research Institute’s commitment to first understanding the neuroscience of learning, and then using that to create rigorous classroom programs that foster deep, conceptual understanding of math and critical thinking skills,” said Doti. “MIND is one of those rare gems that is actually making a positive difference in the way students learn.”

Based in Orange County, MIND Research Institute provides the patented game-based computer math program, ST Math®, to 3,200 public and private K-12 schools, reaching more than 1 million students across the country.

As an economist, Doti values mathematics. One of his legacies is the Orange County Forecast, first released in 1978, which continues to be recognized as one of the most statistically accurate economic forecasts. Since retiring as president in 2016, Doti has returned to the economics faculty at Chapman, where he holds the Donald Bren Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics as well as the position of President Emeritus. He holds a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Illinois, Chicago and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Doti is also a mountain climber and avid marathon runner, who in April completed his 60th marathon at the age of 70. He also has written a trilogy of children’s books, the third installment of which will be released in 2017.

“Jim Doti’s leadership at Chapman University made an impressive impact,” said MIND Research Institute co-founder Matthew Peterson, Ph.D. “I hope his new role on the board will help MIND increase its impact on math education across the country.”

About MIND Research Institute

MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social impact organization, dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND is the creator of ST Math®, a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving to deeply engage, motivate, and challenge Pre-K-8 students toward higher achievement. ST Math incorporates the latest in learning and the brain, promoting mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. Longitudinal and broad-based studies across diverse population groups continue to demonstrate ST Math’s efficacy in building life-long learners prepared for success in STEM fields. ST Math currently reaches more than one million students and 44,000 teachers at 3,200 schools in 45 states. For more information, visit

About Chapman University

Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University attracts highly qualified students from around the globe. Its programs are designed to encourage leadership in innovation, creativity and collaboration, and are increasingly recognized for providing an extraordinary educational experience. The university excels in the sciences and humanities, business and economics, educational studies, film and media arts, performing arts, and law. Student enrollment in graduate and undergraduate programs is approaching 8,000 and Chapman University alumni are found throughout the world. Visit us at

For more information contact:
Karin Wu
MIND Research Institute 

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