South Methodist University has appointed James Dondero to the Executive Board of Cox School of Business. He is the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, an asset management firm based in Dallas. The announcement, which was made early this month, increases Highland’s commitment to the university’s affairs. Before his appointment to the board, Highland Capital was already in a strong relationship with the university through its Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars. The program is aimed at encouraging individuals to pursue professions in public policy.
Speaking during the announcement, James Dondero said that he was pleased to be part of the Cox School at SMU. He recognized the business school’s significant contribution to the business community in the region. He continued to say that his appointment to the board would help the school to continue with the initiatives that it started. James pointed out that Highland Capital had been a beneficiary of the services offered by the school since many of its employees are graduates of the school.
The SMU Cox Executive Board is made up of both academic and non-academic members. The total number of the members is about 100 with non-academic members making the bulk of it. The board is charged with the duty of advising the school on its strategies. To achieve this objective, the board members meet thrice every year: in fall, winter, and spring. This information was originally published on PRNewswire.
James Dondero is an entrepreneur and a highly reputable executive who lives in Dallas, TX. He has worked in the credit and equity market for over 30 years, giving him vast experience in the industry. He used his broad knowledge in the industry to co-found Highland Capital management. James has also used previous experience to provide leadership at the company. Dondero sits on the boards of different companies such as CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, MGM Studios, and American Banknote. Additionally, Dondero is very active in providing support to charity causes, especially those dealing with education, public policy, and veterans’ affairs. He is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce. He graduated from the school with honors in Accounting and Finance. Moreover, Dondero is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).