James Dondero is the most recent nominee to the Executive Council of the Cox School of Business at the Southern Methodist University. At the time, James was the incumbent President of Highland Capital Management, a renowned asset management firm, whose headquarters are in Dallas, Texas.
The appointment of James is not the first connection the University has made with the investment firm, as their affiliation goes way back in time. Besides the induction of Dondero to the institution’s Council, Highland Capital is behind Tower Scholars, a bequest that supports individuals whose area of study is public policy. Also, the company contributes towards the maintenance of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
James Dondero was enthralled by the addition to the board. While expressing his gratitude, James acknowledged the essential role played by the university in developing the Dallas locality. He further added that he was honored to be part and parcel of the development initiatives inaugurated by the learning institution.
The primary role of the Southern Methodist University Board is to formulate progressive strategies for the school. It consists of over a hundred appointees, a majority of whom are non-teaching staff. The board conveys meetings three times annually; in autumn, spring and winter.
About James Dondero
James Dondero’s alma mater is the School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, McIntire. At the college, he excelled academically, graduating with great honor in both Accounting and Finance. His outstanding performance earned him a coveted spot in the prestigious Morgan Guaranty training program. In addition to academic degrees, James boasts of accreditation by respected professional bodies, the CMA and the CFA.
James’s first job was as a corporate bond analyst at the American Express. He worked at the firm for four years, within which he had become a portfolio manager. He later partnered up with friends to establish Highlands Capital Management. With James at the helm, Highland Capital has become the trailblazer in the provision of alternative investment solutions. Additionally, James sits on the boards of various esteemed instructions, owing to his broad experience in the industry. Some of the boards include NexBank, MGM Studios, and Cornerstone Healthcare among many others.