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Dotis’ summer trip includes visit to Prague MBA program

August 2, 2011

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President Jim Doti is back on campus, having just returned from a tour of the Mediterranean and Czech Republic, where he participated in the Argyros School’s Prague MBA graduation ceremonies, joined Ambassador George L. Argyros ’59 and Julia Argyros on their yacht and, of course, ran a marathon.

It was a tough race, he said, but nonetheless he finished third in his age division and is happy to report that he was the fastest American entered in the Hornisgrinde Marathon.

“The fact that I was the only American to run it should not diminish the value of that accomplishment,” he joked.

Though hilly and challenging, the course wound through the Black Forest near Baden Baden, Germany, and President Doti says it was an ideal conclusion to the trip.  (See photos in slideshow above.)

Following is a report of highlights from the trip enjoyed by President Doti and wife Lynne Doti, Ph.D., associate dean of the Argyros School of Business and Economics:

“After arriving in Rome, I was amazed to find that my favorite living composer, Ennio Morricone, was conducing a special concert that evening.  Lynne and I were lucky enough to get tickets and see, hear and experience this incredible composer’s music.

The next day, Ambassador George and Julia Argyros’ private plane picked us up to meet in Split, Croatia for a week-long trip on their yacht, Huntress.  Cruising along the beautiful coastline of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea was an incredible experience.  In addition to visiting quaint and charming little towns that haven’t changed much since the middle ages, we water skied and went out on wave runners to explore all the nooks and crannies of hundreds of gorgeous islands.  It really is true that the color of the sea is an amazing blue in the Med and Adriatic.

Then we were off to Prague in the Czech Republic to take part in our Argyros School’s Prague MBA graduation ceremonies that took place in an historic Benedictine Monastery.  It was so gratifying to be part of a commencement were Chapman degrees were presented to future global business leaders who hailed from all parts of the world.  The architecture of Prague is absolutely magnificent.

Before we left, we took a few side trips by car.  One was to the historic Czech town of Český Krumlov.  This charming little town looks like the village where Pinocchio and Geppetto lived in Disney’s animated classic.  Then we drove to Stuttgart to tour the new Porsche Museum in its architecturally dramatic new home.

Our final day near Baden Baden, Germany was to run the Hornisgrinde Marathon in the Black Forest.  While it was one of the toughest marathons I’ve ever run, dropping 1,000 feet in the first 15 miles and rising 1,000 feet in the last 11.2 miles, it was one of the most beautiful.”

Have Chapman University summer news and photos you’d like to share? Send them along to pr@chapman.edu

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 3, 2011 8:03 am

    I love President Doti! Best president ever and I’m so glad he participated in Prague MBA graduation ceremonies, that just shows he cares. marathon? This man is so active. Beautiful photos!

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