Highland Capital Management cofounder and president, James Dondero was recently appointed an executive board member of the Cox School of Business, which is part of the South Methodist University. Jim’s role at the board expands the strong commitment that Highland Capital Management already has to SMU. This includes the Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars, which is an academic program that recognizes and promotes academic and professional excellence in the area of public policy. In addition, HCM supports the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at SMU.
Creation of a Vibrant Business Community
According to Dondero, SMU’s Cox Business School is important to the business community in Dallas since it nurtures the skills of upcoming business executives. In addition, Highland Capital Management is among the most notable beneficiaries of programs offered at Cox. The executive board is made up of nearly 100 members, who are mostly appointed from outside the academic world.
The role of the board is to offer advice concerning strategy at the institution. The board meets thrice every year to review gains made by the institution, and to offer advice accordingly. The business school has a history of excellence since being established in 1920. It offers an array of business programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The institution has established itself as a center of academic excellence. It boasts an active alumni across the globe.
About James Dondero
The Dallas entrepreneur has served as Highland Capital Management’s president for more than 20 years. His experience in the equity and credit market spans more than three decades. During his career, Jim’s area of focus has been distressed and high yield investing. His grasp of market dynamics has seen HCM become a forerunner in Collateralized Loan Obligation transactions.
Before starting HCM, James was a successful corporate executive. He worked at American Express as a portfolio manager and corporate bond analyst. He also has a productive stint at Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary where he was the Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Dondero graduated with a finance and accounting degree from the University of Virginia. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Management Accountant, and a Certified Public Accountant. His success in the money markets is largely attributed to his solid academic background.