Southern Methodist University has appointed James Dondero to the executive board of Cox School of Business, a branch of the Dallas-based University. The appointment was announced earlier last month. It is an indication of Dondero’s growing commitment to the private university.
Before the appointment, Dondero’s was connected to the company through his company, Highland Capital Management. The company has been engaged in financing the university’s George W. Bush Presidential and Museum program. James, who also serves as Highland Capital Management’s president, founded the investment-banking firm.
Dondero was particularly pleased with the appointment and termed it as an opportunity to support the business school’s contribution to the vibrant business community in Dallas. He also pointed out at his many talented employees, who studied at the University. James asserted that he would redouble his efforts to enhance the various growth and excellence initiatives that have been started by Cox School of Business.
The executive board of business school is made up of about 100 appointed members. A member of the board can be either an academic or non-academic. Currently, most members of the board are non-academics. The board meets thrice every year to advise the business school on its strategies. These meetings are held in fall, winter, and spring.
James Dondero is an entrepreneur, trader, and expert in credit and equity markets. His 30 years career has seen him transform the industry by providing innovative solutions to different challenges. His most outstanding contribution is the development of Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO).
James Dandero co-founded Highland Capital Management to provide its clients with unique services. They are tailor-made to the specific need of an individual. This strategy has enabled the company to be on a growth trajectory and establish itself in the industry.
Apart from his leadership responsibilities at Highland Capital, James Dondero is also associated with numerous undertakings. He is the chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, NexPoint Residential Trust, NexBank, and CCS Medical.
He is also an active member of the board of MGM Studios and Jernigan Capital. Dondero is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He holds dual majors in Accounting and Finance from the prestigious University of Virginia.