Southern Methodist University has appointed James Dondero to their Executive Board of the Cox School of Business. The executive board has around 100 members who meet three times a year to discuss strategies and procedures of the business school. Dondero will add to the large majority of members who are non-academics. SMU brings in professionals from business and entrepreneurial backgrounds to offer insight and guidance surrounding the structure of their business school.
As the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero has over 30 years of accumulated experience to offer the board. For years, James Dondero has been actively supporting Southern Methodist University. His company’s Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars is a program dedicated to supporting professionals and academics pursuing public policy. He has also made large contributions to the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
According to NexBank, James Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Management with partner Mark Okada in 1993. As an SEC-registered investment adviser, Highland Capital Management has worked with thousands of trusting clients since their inception. In fact, the company has approximately $16 billion worth of assets under their management and protection.
Highland Capital Management offers large selection of award-winning services such as ETFs, REITs, mutual funds, private equity funds as well as credit hedge funds. James Dondero has driven his company to be a pioneer in the realm of Collateralized Loan Obligation. They have established themselves as one of the most trusted and knowledgeable advisers for those entering the CLO market.
Dondero began his education at the University of Virginia where he graduated with highest honors. He later attended the McIntire School of Commerce to double-major in Accounting and Finance. In order to expand his practicing possibilities, Dondero acquired esteemed qualifications from the financial industry.
James Dandero is recognized as a Certified Management Accountant, a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant. In 1984, Dondero held his first professional position at the Morgan Guaranty training program as an analyst. He continued on to work at American Express as a Corporate Bond Analyst. Dondero was eventually promoted to Portfolio Manager with a large sum of assets under his management. Protective Life turned towards Dondero in 1989 to help them grow from inception to worth of $2 billion.