ORANGE : Chapman University Names 2 to Board

Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach) and businesswoman Arlene R. Craig have been appointed to the Chapman University Board of Trustees.

Cox, 43, is the first member of Congress to sit on the 36-member board, according to university officials, who made the announcement Monday. Craig, 50, is president of the Betty L. Hutton Co., a real estate developer, and vice president-treasurer of the Hutton Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization.

“I’ve known Christopher Cox for many years, and his integrity and leadership will be valuable assets to Chapman,” said James L. Doti, the university’s president. “Arlene Craig’s service will enable Chapman to continue its longtime relationship with the family of Betty Hutton Williams, who served selflessly for many years as a Chapman trustee.”

First elected to the House of Representatives in 1988, Cox was selected chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee in 1994.

Before entering Congress, Cox served in the Reagan administration as senior associate counsel from 1986 to 1988. From 1978 to 1986, Cox specialized in venture capital and corporate finance as an associate and then partner with the Los Angeles law firm Latham & Watkins.


“I am extremely pleased to become a part of Chapman University, where the commitment to excellence and the search for truth mirror my own convictions,” said Cox, a Newport Beach resident.