James Dondero’s Contributions to SMU Continue As He Accepts Executive Board Nomination

Southern Methodist University has just announced the newest addition to the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business. James Dondero, the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, was nominated for the position earlier this year. Upon receiving the honor, Dondero said he is happy to contribute to the growing business talent in the Dallas area. With headquarters in Dallas, Highland Capital Management is a potential recipient of the talent that comes out of the Cox School of Business. This is not the first contribution that Dondero has made to Southern Methodist University. In fact, he has made contributions to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum since its creation. The Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars program also aids those who pursue a career or education in public policy.

James Dondero attended the University of Virginia for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He graduated with highest honors before continuing his education at the McIntire School of Commerce. For his graduate degrees, Dondero received double majors in Accounting and Financing. In 1984, Dondero joined the Morgan Guaranty training program as an analyst. During this time, Dondero gained the expertise needed to land him a job as a Corporate Bond Analyst for American Express. Between 1985 and 1989, Dondero worked with American Express in several different positions. Before leaving the company, he was working as a Portfolio Manager with a considerable amount of assets under his management. Dondero’s next career move saw him as the Chief Investment Officer for the GIV subsidiary of Protective Life. He worked with the company for 5 years and helped to grow them from inception to $2 billion in value.

James Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Management in 1993. As president, Dondero drove the company to become a leading developer in the Collateralized Loan Obligation market. To date, Highland Capital Management is well-known for their pioneering efforts in this field. The company is registered as an SEC financial adviser with an approximate $16 billion worth of assets under their management. They offer customers a large number of award-winning services and products relating to the credit and market industries.

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