Recently, James Dondero, who is the founder and CEO of Capital Highlands Management LP, has joined the board of the Methodist University Cox School of business. His new position is another step that he has taken towards the longtime efforts that he has been making towards mentoring and supporting talent at the school. In the past, the university has been a beneficiary of the Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars, a program that Dondero created. The program aims to help students that want to pursue careers in public policy.
Dondero is also the support behind the George W. Bush library and Museum at the campus. The school is one of the biggest contributors to the local economy of Dallas, and Highland capital management also benefits from this. It is only fair that they should give back to the school community.
The SMU board that James has joined consists of about 100 members. Each of these people are not academic staff and they are supposed to give guidance about the running of the business school. The executive board is supposed to meet three times in a year which is in the fall, winter and spring. There are other responsibilities that James undertakes. For instance, he is the CEO at NexBank, which offers loans and investment banking solutions. James also heads NexPoint Residential Trust, Cornerstone Healthcare and CCM capital.
The Highland capital management is a company that is currently worth 16 billion in assets. It was started in 1993 by James and his partner Mark Okada.
James has close to three decades of experience in the credit and equity markets. He started his career in 1984 after graduating from the University of Virginia with the highest honors. He studied duo majors in accounting and finance. He is also a CPA, CFA and CMA. He is a truly inspirational business leader and philanthropist. His track record shows how committed he is to transforming the lives of everyone he comes by.