The co founder of Highland Capital Management James Dondero has recently been appointed to join the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. He has been appointed to the Executive Board and will therefore participate in helping the school provide the best student experience. This recent appointment is an expansion of James Dondero’s and Highland Capital Management’s commitment to assisting the university. Along with being appointed to the school’s Executive Board, James and his company have endowed the school with the Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars. With this program, students will be encouraged to pursue academic and professional opportunities in public policy.
James Dondero founded Highland Capital Management in 1993. With his firm, he has helped manage a number of hedge funds and private equity securities for many clients. Dondero and his firm often assist large companies such as institutional investors manage their capital. For over two decades, James has been able to introduce a number of financial security options such as collateralized loan obligations. With the assistance of James and his firm, large companies will be sure to get the best returns when investing their capital.
Dondero attended the University of Virginia and majored in accounting and finance. After he completed college, James then began working in the finance industry as a credit analyst. This position allowed him to gain some important experience that would help him advance in his career. Over the course of his career, he would get positions of higher responsibility in the finance industry. His advancement peaked when he became the chief investment officer of a firm. At this position, he would manage the capital for large companies such as American Express. When managing capital for these companies, James would oversee assets as much as $2 billion. After working the finance industry, he would then found his own firm to pursue his goal of becoming an entrepreneur.