The co-founder and head of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero, has joined Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business Executive Board. The new appointment compliments the ongoing commitment of Highland Capital Management to the University. The company has a scholarship program that awards professionalism and encourages academic excellence. In addition, Highland Capital supports the Presidential Library of George W. Bush and Museum in the University.
The executive board of the SMU has close to 100 members, most of whom are non-academics. They are responsible for offering advice on the strategy of the business school. James Dondero pointed out that The Southern Methodist University is a major role player in the successful business community of Dallas where Highland Capital has benefited. He concluded by saying that he was honored to be part of the ongoing initiatives and developments in the University’s School of Business.
About James Dondero
With over 30 years of experience in the credit and equity markets industry, James Dondero’s accomplishments in the industry are unparalleled. To this end, he has gained deep knowledge about investment. This way, he has provided sound leadership to Highland Capital Management. The SEC-registered Dallas-based asset management company offers a series of world-class products and services for both retail and institutional investors. Founded in 1993 by James Dondero and Mark Okada, the firm has about $19 billion worth of assets under its management. Due to their outstanding leadership, Highland Capital was the recipient of the Morning Star’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation in 2014. In the same year, the company was awarded the Morning Star’s top Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund and the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities in 2014.
James’ career started at the Morgan Guaranty training program in 1984. Here, he served as an analyst. Later, he enrolled and graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntyre School of Commerce with dual majors and highest honors in Accounting and Finance. The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) also worked for American Express and GIV, the subsidiary of Protective Life. Dondero serves as the Chairman of NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare, NexPoint Residential Trust, and CCS Medical. He is also a board member of MGM Studios and Jernigan Capital.