James Dondero is the latest appointee in the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox school of business Executive Board. He joins an executive board that has about 100 appointed members. Most of these members are none- academics who bring valuable strategic plans for the development of the University. The members have a strong background in their areas of expertise which assists the university to focus on current business practices. Also, the board manages the Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars which focuses on students’ studies and development in public policy. Moreover, the board is involved in supporting the implementation of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Mr. Dondero has joined this dedicated group to assist the Cox school to achieve its mandate in contributing to the business community in Dallas. Highlands Capital Management, L.P whose president is James Dondero, is one of the many beneficiaries of the students who graduate from this school.Highlands Capital Management, L.P. was founded in 1993 by James Dondero and Mark Okada as an investment adviser. Its core functions include long-only funds and separate accounts, credit strategies, distressed and special situation private equity and collateralized loan obligations. Besides it gives its clients advice on alternative investments, natural resources, and long or short term assets. Highlands Capital Management, LP has a rich base of customers comprising of governments, funds of funds, corporations, high net- worth individuals, public pension plans, endowments and other high net-worth investments organizations. With an estimated total asset of $16 billion, it boasts of pooling the largest and most experienced alternative managers globally.
Highlands’s investment has offices in various cities around the world including Sao Paolo, Seoul, and Singapore. The headquarters are in Dallas, Texas with other offices in New York City.The president and co-founder of Highlands, Mr. Dondero was born on February 2, 1970, in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Virginia University earning dual majors in accounting and finance with highest honors. Donderos’ career began in 1984 as an analyst in Morgan Guaranty training program. In 1985, he moved on to corporate bond analysis in the American Express becoming the portfolio manager. He is the chairman of several organizations and is involved in several charitable activities.