The president and co-founder of Highland Capital Management is joining the Executive Board for the Cox School of Business. Southern Methodist University announced their appointment of James Dondero earlier this year. Dondero has over three decades worth of expertise in business and entrepreneurial affairs to help guide the business school in the right direction. He will meet with the other 100 board members three times per year to discuss the goals and current state of the Cox School of Business. The board is comprised of many members who come from non-academic backgrounds, offering increased diversity and influence. Dondero has always been a strong supporter of Southern Methodist University. The Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars program aids and encourages both academics and professionals in fields of public policy.
James Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Management in 1993 and has been leading the company as acting president. As an SEC-registered investment adviser, Highland Capital Management has become a leading provider of the Collateralized Loan Obligation Market. In fact, the company has been a pioneer of CLOs under the guidance of James Dondero. Including all of their affiliates, Highland Capital Management currently has an approximate $16 billion worth of assets under their management.
Before starting his own business, Dondero worked in many well-established companies in the financial and credit markets. He started out as an analyst for the Morgan Guaranty training program in 1984. Around the same time, Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with two majors in Accounting and Financing. He also became qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Management Accountant. After completing his education and training, James Dondero worked with American Express from 1985 to 1989. During this time, he held positions as a Corporate Bonds Analyst as well as a Portfolio Manager. Dondero left American Express in 1989 to help the GIV subsidiary of Protective Life grow from inception to a $2 billion business.