James Dondero Appointed to the Executive Board of Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University
James Dondero , co-founder and CEO of Highland Capital Management (HCM) has been appointed to the board of Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. HCH is a Dallas-based asset management firm. Mr. Donderos recent appointment strengthens the existing ties between HCM and the Southern Methodist University.
The appointment endows Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars, an education initiative that recognizes and encourages academic excellence and professional pursuit. Furthermore, it expands the ongoing support of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
According to James Dondero, HCM is a beneficiary of the contribution of the Cox School at SMU. Therefore, Dondero feels honored to contribute towards various development initiatives undertaken by SMU. The Executive Board of SMU comprises of about 100 members, most of who are non-academicians responsible for strategy formulation in the school of business. The board meets thrice in a year, in the winter, fall, and spring.
Besides serving as Highland’s President, Mr. Dondero serves as the Chairman to the boards of CCS Medical, Nexpoint Residential Trust, NexBank, and Cornerstone Healthcare. He also serves on the boards of Jernigan Capital and MGM Studios.
Highland Capital Management is a fully certified investment advisory firm. Together with its affiliates, HCM is currently managing assets worth $16 billion. HCM was founded in 1993 by James Dondero and Mark Okada. It is the nation’s leading and most prestigious global-scale alternative credit management firm.
Over the years, the firm provides credit strategies such as collateralized loans obligations, special-situation equity, distressed financial aid, and credit hedge funds. Besides, HCM creates alternative investment opportunities that include emerging markets, natural resources as well as long/short-term equities.
Highland Capital Management serves a diversified customer base that comprises of pension plans, governments, financial institutions, endowments, corporations, and high-net-worth investors. Highland’s corporate offices are located in Dallas, Texas; however, it maintains offices in Sao Paolo, New York, Seoul, and Singapore.
The SMU’s Cox School of Business was unveiled in 1920 in Dallas, Texas. Later on in 1978, it was named in honor of Edwin L., its benefactor. The school offers a wide spectrum of business education programs as well as serving as a center of academic excellence and an active alumni network.