James Dondero Appointment to the Board, expected to Benefit Southern Methodist University

On the 2nd of November 2016, James Dondero, the co-founder of Highland Capital Management got an appointment to the board of Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. Highland Capital had earlier committed to empowering students through the institution. The Towers Scholars program spearheaded by Highland Capital stands to benefit more with his appointment. The program aims at encouraging academic and professional pursuits in public policy. Additionally, the support towards the George W. Bush Presidential Library Museum is expected to improve.


According to James Dondero, the business school is a major contributor of the corporate workforce in Dallas. Highland Capital benefits from the business community delivered by the institution. It was such an honor to be appointed and take part in the growth initiatives in the university. The Board meets thrice annually and consists of 100 non-academic members tasked with developing strategies to improve the school.

Highland Capital Management manages assets priced at over $ 16 billion. The enterprise began in 1993 and got pioneered by James Dondero and Mark Okada. The company deals in the development of credit strategies, alternative investments, long and short term equities, and collateralized loan obligations. The institution serves a diversified client base including foundations, governments, and individuals of high net worth. Highland Capital Management operates from its main offices in Dallas, Texas with several other offices across the globe.


James Dondero is a United States-based businessman. Over the years, Mr. Dondero acquired experience in the credit and equity markets. Today, he serves as the chairman at several institutions. Dondero chairs the board at Cornerstone Healthcare, NexBank, and CSS Medical. Additionally, he serves on the board as a member in American Banknote and MGM Studios.


Besides being a successful entrepreneur, Dondero associates himself with several philanthropic activities. He donates his time and money to initiatives supporting education, veteran affairs, and public policy. Dondero has a degree from the University of Virginia and dual majors in finance and accounting from McIntyre School of Commerce. Among his achievements, the most memorable are the building of GIC subsidiary Protective Life, from its birth to a net worth of over $ 2 billion.