James Dondero, the co-owner, and president of Highland Capital earned an appointment as a member of the Executive Board of Southern Methodist University, for the Cox School of Business, as per an announcement made in 2016.
The indirect newly formed relationship between Highland and the University strengthens the existing commitment of Highland Capital to the school. Currently, the Southern Methodist University endows the Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars program. The program recognizes and sponsors academic goals and professional endeavors in the public forum. It also supports the existing George W. Bush presidential library and museum.
The Southern Methodist University board members include approximately 100 appointees. The majority of the members are non-academics specializing in providing advisory to the business school on the most useful operational strategies.
The board members hold meetings thrice in one year, during the fall, winter and spring seasons.
Additionally, James Dondero is a member of the Council of MGM Studios and the Jernigan Capital.
He is the Chairman of NexPoint Residential Trust, NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare and the CCS Medical.
On his appointment, James Dondero stated that the Cox School of Business plays a vital role in contributing towards creating a vibrant business oriented society in Dallas. He explained that the contribution by the school added to the benefits reaped by Highland Capital.
James expressed his gratitude towards the consideration in joining the initiative and added that he would aid in the many growths and great undertakings of the school.
James Dondero is a longtime credit and equity market official with over 30 years in the industry. He kicked up his career in 1984 as an analyst working for the Morgan Guaranty Training program.He then joined the American Express as a Corporate Bond Analyst in 1985.He was promoted to the firm’s portfolio manager and managing $billion in fixed income findings. In 1989, James joined Protective Life’s GIV branch as the Chief Investment Officer and grew its net worth to $2 billion.
James is an alumnus of the University of Virginia, with dual majors in Finance and Accounting of the highest honors from the McIntire school of Commerce. He is also a certified analyst and accountant with the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) credentials.