James L. Doti has been elected to the board of directors of The First American ...


March 4, 1993, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

James L. Doti, 46, president of Chapman University in Orange, California, has been elected to the board of directors of The First American Financial Corporation (NASDAQ/NMS: FAMR), according to President D.P. Kennedy. He will also serve on the board of the company's primary subsidiary, First American Title Insurance Company.

Doti joined the economics faculty at Chapman University in 1974. In 1978, he became director of the university's Center for Economic Research, where he and his students developed the first quarterly econometric model for a metropolitan area. The model is widely used as a planning tool by the Orange County, Calif., business community, and continues to be used as a teaching tool at the university.

Doti was appointed dean of the School of Business and Economics in 1985 and was elected the twelfth president of the university on June 11, 1991.

A native of Chicago, Doti 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. The recipient of numerous awards for his scholarship, teaching and writing, Doti has written articles which have appeared in professional journals as well as The Wall Street Journal and Business Forum. He has co-authored a textbook and co-edited a collection of readings in private enterprise. He serves on the boards of several Southern California businesses and is a member of the Orange County Business Committee for the Arts.

Doti lives in Villa Park with his wife, Lynne, a professor of economics at Chapman, and their daughter Cara. His son, Adam, is a sophomore in college.

The First American Financial Corporation, based in Santa Ana, Calif., is a leading provider of real estate financial services, including title insurance, tax monitoring and home warranty services, to real property buyers and mortgage lenders. The company also operates a trust and banking business in Southern California. The company offers its title services through a network of more than 300 offices and 4,000 agents in all 50 states. It also provides title services abroad in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.

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