Daniele Struppa is a mountain climber, a professor who explores Renaissance paintings and a father who talks to his 12-year-old about antibiotics and atoms.
And on Friday, Chapman University will officially welcome the mathematician as its 13th president.
Struppa said he will challenge himself to “create a place where marvel and wonder is sustained. I think it’s so special to find engaged learners who have the ability to keep asking questions. Look into the mind of a child — it’s a beautiful thing.”
A former Chapman chancellor and provost, Struppa’s ascension coincides with the school’s jump to No. 6 in its regional...