James Dondero and Highland Capital Continue to Support Southern Methodist University

James Dondero, President of asset management firm Highland Capital Management, LP, was recently appointed as an Executive Board member at Southern Methodist University, Cox Business School. Highland has had a strong commitment to SMU Business School for some time. They offer the endowment of Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars. This is a program that encourages pursuits in public policy. Dondero says the Cox School at SMU contributes to growth of a vibrant business community in the Dallas, Texas area.


James Dondero has over 30 years of experience in the equity and credit markets. He is co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, They provide a number of financial investment options to institutional and individual investors. The firm has nearly $19 billion under management. In 2014 Highland received a five-star designation for Global Allocation from Morningstar.


Dondero started his career at Morgan Guaranty, in their training program, after graduating from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, with degrees in Accounting and Finance. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


James worked with American Express in 1985, as a corporate bond analyst. He also managed approximately $1 billion in fixed income assets while there. He worked with Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary as well. Currently, in addition to Highland, he is Chairman of the Board of NexBank, NexPoint, Cornerstone Healthcare and CCS Medical. He is on the board of American Banknote and MGM Studios. Dondero is active in a number of charitable giving programs in addition to the SMU endowment.



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