Southern Methodist University recently announced their appointment of James Dondero to the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business. As the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, Dondero will add to the growing list of board members who have a non-academic background. The Executive Board comprises of approximately 100 members who meet three times each year to discuss topics related to the success of the Cox School of Business. Dondero already supports Southern Methodist University through his donations to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. In addition, Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars is a program dedicated to aiding and supporting professionals and academics who work in fields related to public policy.
James Dondero began his education at the University of Virginia and graduate with highest honors. He furthered his education at the McIntire School of Commerce where he received double majors in Financing and Accounting. To further advance his expertise, Dondero pursued several esteemed certifications. In total, Dondero is certified as a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Management Accountant as well as a Certified Public Accountant. Dondero’s first professional position was held at the Morgan Guaranty training program as an analyst in 1984. Around the same time, American Express hired Dondero as a Corporate Bonds Analyst. He was soon promoted to Portfolio Manager with over $1 billion of assets under his protection and management. Dondero’s next project was growing the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life. Within a span of 5 years, Dondero grew the business from inception to a value of over $2 billion.
Highland Capital Management was established in 1993 by James Dondero and his partner Mark Okada. Under Dondero’s leadership as president, the company grew to become one of the most trusted providers of alternative credit solutions in the market. Additionally, Highland Capital Management is the leading pioneer in developing the Collateralized Loan Obligation market. In addition to CLOs, Highland Capital Management offers several other award-winning services. They offer products and services surrounding private funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, ETFs and more. In addition to residing as president for Highland Capital Management, James Dondero also serves on the board of MGM Studios and American Banknote.
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