James Dondero is the newest non-academic appointee to the Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business board of executives. He joins 100 other members of the council that convene every winter, fall, and spring to deliberate on the business school’s strategy. He nevertheless, isn’t the only non-academic board executive as the School’s board members are individuals from different walks who have previously or continuously expressed interest in the university operations or supported its endeavors in one way or the other.
By joining the board, James will only be expanding and solidifying his already strong and commitment to SMU that includes the support of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum as well as the Highland Capital Tower Scholars endowment project. Accepting his appointment, James acknowledged the University’s continued role in Dallas as well as in Highland Capital’s advancements. He also expressed his honor in assisting in the University’s initiatives that are currently underway.
The Cox business school was established in1920 in Dallas on the SMU campus and named after Edwin Cox. Like most other business schools around the country, Cox offers a full range of both graduate and undergraduate business courses while remaining an academic center of excellence.
About James Dondero
James is an accomplished entrepreneur, the co-founder, and president of the Highland Capital Management. He has close to three decades of active experience in the alternative investment industry that he used to start and successfully run the nationally acclaimed Highland Capital hedge fund. Under his leadership, Highland Capital has grown from an idea to a successful equity firm with over $16 billion in managed assets. The hedge fund has also expanded its operations to regional markets by opening up offices in China and Latin America.
The recent board appointment to SMU also adds up to the number of boards he sits in different industries. For instance, Dondero is the chairman of the board for NexPoint Residential Trust, NexBank, and Cornerstone Healthcare. He also sits on several other boards for financial and non-financial corporations such as the Jernigan Capital as well as MGM studios. He is, therefore, all too familiar with board operations and will be bringing this expertise to the SMU’s board.
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