The Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Cox School of Business Executive Board has a new member in its team. James Dondero, president and co-founder of Dallas firm Highland Capital Management, was recently appointed to the school’s Executive Board, a move that was seen as a way of increasing Highland’s already strong commitment to Southern Methodist University.
Some of the ways through which Highland has already shown its commitment to supporting the school is through the Highland Capital Management Scholars program and its continued support of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and the school’s museum. The Highland Management Scholars program was initiated by Highland Capital to recognize and support professional and academic pursuits in public policy.
According to James Dondero, S.M.U is a significant contributor to the business community in Dallas of which Highland Capital benefits. It is in this regard that he feels honored to be given the opportunity to help with the growth initiatives associated with the S.M.U that are currently in progress. The current Executive Board of S.M.U consists of 100 appointed non-academic members. Their role is to provide advice on the strategy of the business school. The board holds meetings 3 times a year.
About James Dondero
James Dondero is a guru in the equity and credit markets boasting of over thirty years’ experience in the sector. While plying the trade, his focus has been mainly on distressed and high yield investing. Under James Dondero’s leadership, Highland Capital Management became the pioneer in creating the Collateralized Loan Obligation market and in forging credit-oriented solutions for retail and institutional investors worldwide.
A majority of products that Highland Capital Management offers have gone on to win awards. Examples of these products are private equity funds, separate institutional accounts, Collateralized Loan Obligations, mutual funds, REITs, ETFs and hedge funds.
In addition to serving as Highland Capital’s president and co-founder, James Dondero also serves as the chairperson of CCS Medical, Nexbank and Cornerstone Healthcare. He also serves on the board of MGM Studios and American Banknote. James is characterized as a generous man. He openly supports veteran affairs, public policy and initiatives in education.