Southern Methodist University Welcomes James Dondero to Business School Executive Board

Dallas’ Southern Methodist University’s affection for businessmen dedicated to the success of their students seems to be matched only by the reciprocation of local generous donors. Recently, James Dondero–a successful Dallas resident–was chosen from among 100 candidates and graciously accepted the offer to join SMU’s Cox School of Business Executive Board.

Dondero has already shown his great appreciation for investing in students’ futures with his firm’s dedication of the school’s Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Endowment. This fund encourages and assists scholars in pursuing their passion for public policy.

Highland Capital Management, L.P., an SEC-registered investment adviser, was founded by James Dondero and Mark Okada. This enterprise offers a wide range of investment products, from high-yield bonds to real estate to distressed credit. Currently they have $18 billion in assets under management.

PR Newswire said in a statement that James Dondero, CFA, CMA, Co-Founder, and President, has 30 years of experience to leverage across the credit and equity markets. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and was awarded highest honors. He is chairman of three companies, and board member of two–including MGM Studios.

With the pioneering work of Dondero in the field of Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLO), Highland has been the recipient of both great recognition and formal awards in the financial arena.

Originally named the Department of Commerce in 1920, the business school has undergone two name changes. Finally, in 1978 the school’s corporate advisors suggested changing the name. The new title is in honor of Edwin L. Cox–another local businessman who had contributed greatly to the university’s success.

A respected business school in a respected university, Cox School of Business will benefit greatly from the generous contributions of time and money from yet another respected individual dedicated to improving their community. Learn more about James Dandero:

In James Dondero’s own words, “The Cox School at SMU contributes to the vibrant business community here in Dallas of which Highland is among the many beneficiaries. I am honored to assist with the…numerous initiatives currently underway.”