Daniele Struppa is a numbers man.
Trained in mathematics, he has math on his mind as he drifts off to sleep, during his midday runs and perhaps most of all Friday, when he’ll stand to be formally inaugurated as Chapman University’s 13th president.
He takes leadership of a 155-year-old institution with 10 schools and colleges that awarded nearly 3,000 degrees in May and welcomed more than 8,000 students in August.
“What you do as a mathematician is train yourself to recognize very complicated patterns,” Struppa said. “This is important as an administrator, because, in reality, managing complex institutions is also about recognizing patterns. When do you see an opportunity, when do you see something developing that is likely to become a problem?”
Struppa joined Chapman as a professor and as provost in 2006, serving the last decade as right hand to President…