James Dondero of Highland Capital Management, L.P., now sits on the Executive Board of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business. As Co-founder and President of Dallas based Highland Capital, an asset management firm, James Dondero should do well in this position for SMU. Sitting on the Board will only strengthen an already solid commitment to Cox School of Business.
Dondero’s endowment of the Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars is for the purpose of recognition and encouragement to students working towards careers in business. He is also supportive of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum which many people whether students or not, enjoy visiting.
In Dondero’s words he is “honored to assist” The Cox School which benefits the Dallas business community that Highland Capital is a part of. Most of the sitting Board members at SMU Cox are non-academics who offer advise on technique and strategy for the school. The nearly 100 members of the Board meet three times a year to decide issues and help guide Cox towards the future.
Dondero is a busy man. As well as being Co-founder and President of a thriving company like Highland, he is also Chairman of NexBank, NexPoint, Cornerstone Healthcare, Residential Trust, and CCS Medical. Plus, he serves on the Board of Jernigan Capital and MGM Studios. Where he finds the time is a mystery, yet he does and according to his career path so far, he certainly knows what he’s doing.
Highland Capital was founded in 1993 by James Dondero and Mark Okada. With about $16 billion in assets under their capable management, its not surprising that Highland’s business is global. Included among their clients are public pension plans, corporations, foundations, endowments, and several high net-worth people. You don’t get that kind of clientele without being the best in asset management, and putting the drive and energy into it that Dondero has.