Recently the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero, was appointed as a new board member of the Cox School of Business at the Southern Methodist University. Highland Capital has maintained strong business ties with Southern Methodist University, and this new appointment of Mr. Dondero only seeks to compliment this long-term partnership. Highland Capital’s strong commitment to SMU has been demonstrated by the endowment of Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars, a program that seeks to encourage academic and professional pursuits in public policy, and also the long-standing support of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Mr. Dondero, during an interview, admits that Highland Capital has been a long-term beneficiary of the many vibrant businesses that Southern Methodist University has contributed to in Dallas, Texas. Having been appointed as a new board member, Dondero expresses his eagerness in assisting the numerous growth and excellence initiatives that are currently in planning by the SMU. The company’s executive board meets three times in a year, during the fall, winter and spring. It consists of an average of 100 appointed members who advise on the strategy of the business school.
Aside from being Highland’s Capital Chief Executive Officer, James Dondero is also Chairman of NexPoint Residential Trust, Nexbank, Cornerstone Healthcare and CCS Medical. He is also a board member of Jernigan Capital and MGM Studios. During his thirty years of experience, James Dondero has gained vast experience in credit and equity markets, but most especially focused on high-yield and distressed investing. For three years, he has also served as Corporate Bond Analyst, then a Portfolio Manager at American Express. He initially began his career as an analyst in 1984, while at the Morgan Guaranty Training Program.
He attained the highest honors (Beta Gamma Sigma, Bata Alpha Psi) from the University of Virginia at the McIntire School of Commerce. While at the University he majored in Accounting and Finance and received certification as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Originally established in Dallas, Texas, the Cox School of Business was founded in 1920 on the southern campus of Methodist University. The school got its name in honor of benefactor Edwin L. Cox. The school has a broad range of highly ranked undergraduate and graduate business education programs, superb academic centers and an active alumni network with chapters worldwide.