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James P. Dolan
Class of 1971
James P. Dolan is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of The Dolan Company, a provider of specialized business information and services to professionals in the fields of law, credit, finance and construction. The Minneapolis-based company, which Dolan founded with investors in 1992, publishes business newspapers in 21 U.S. markets and operates construction and law databases across the country. It is the nation’s largest provider of appellate services to the legal profession, second-largest publisher of legal periodicals and third-largest publisher of local business newspapers.
Previously he was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of The Jordan Group, Inc., a New York-based M&A advisory firm specializing in media; Vice President for Strategic Development at The Sun Times Company, Chicago, during its venture-backed management buyout; Partner in Kummerfeld Associates, Inc., a media M&A advisory firm in New York; and President of Keycom Electronic Publishing Co., an online provider of information and services to consumers in the Chicago metro area.
Earlier in his career he spent 15 years with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., beginning as a reporter at News Corp.’s first U.S. property, the San Antonio Express-News, working through the beats, the capitol bureaus and the newsroom desks, eventually becoming Vice President and Executive Editor of the San Antonio operation’s two dailies and separate Sunday paper. Later he had various corporate duties at News Corp.’s international publishing properties and eventually he became Director of the New Media Group at News Corp. headquarters in New York City.
Dolan is a journalism graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA 1971) and was named outstanding alumnus of the Gaylord College of Journalism in 1998. He has won several dozen local, regional and national journalism awards for writing, reporting and editing. In 2001 Dolan was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Minnesota/Dakotas region and he was inducted into the E&Y National Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame in 2002. Dolan serves on the professional advisory board for The University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and is a director of the World Press Institute, based in St. Paul. He and his wife of 35 years, Sylvia, live in Minnetonka, Minnesota.