James Dondero is the co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, L.P. Highland Capital Management is an alternative investment advisory company that is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. In November 2016 it was announced that he was named to the Executive Board of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business. His new role at the university reflects Highland Capital Management’s firm commitment to SMU and the students that attend it.The company has also provided an endowment that supports the Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars and also supports the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
When accepting his new position, James Dondero stated the business community of Dallas, including his own company, appreciates the contribution that the Cox School at SMU makes to keeping it vibrant. He went on to say that he looked forward to contributing to the university’s educational opportunities.
The Executive Board of SMU has 100 members that have been named to it by the university. The provide advice to the business school about strategy and meet three times each year.
In addition to his role at Highland Capital Management, James Dondero is the Chairman of a number of other companies including Cornerstone Healthcare, NexBank, CCS Medical, and NexPoint Residential Trust. He also serves on two other boards including MGM Studios and Jernigan Capital.
James Dondero is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance. He co-founded Highland Capital Management in 1993 along with his business partner Mark Okada. Under his leadership, Highland Capital Management now has almost $15 billion in assets under management.
Altogether, Mr. Dondero has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry. From 1989 to 19993 he was the Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary. He led this subsidiary from just being an idea into one that managed over $2 billion in assets. He is also a graduate of JP Morgan’s financial training program which he completed in the late 1980’s. His vast knowledge of investing includes stocks, bonds, and alternative investing such as hedge funds, real estate, and leveraged bank loans