Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business was established in 1920. The Business school was named after benefactor Edwin L. Cox in 1978. The Cox School of Business is considered one of the top business schools in the United States. The list of corporate executives that graduated from that school is a long and impressive one.
The Executive Board of the Cox School of Business is composed of business leaders from across the country, so it comes as no surprise that the board recently appointed Highland Capital Management’s president and co-founder, James Dondero to that board. Highland Capital Management has been involved with the Cox School of Business for several years.
The Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Endowment at Southern Methodist University has helped students pursue their academic goals. The endowment also supports the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Highland Capital Management is a very successful investment firm. The company has more than $16 billion in assets under management, and thanks to Jim Dondero, and his executive team that number continues to increase every year. Dondero is considered an expert in the field of credit strategies, and he is also considered one of the top hedge fund managers in the United States.
The Dallas Journal said that In 1993, James Dondero founded Highland Capital with fellow financial expert, Mark Okada. Both men have accounting backgrounds, and they both excel in collateralized loan obligations as well as emerging market investments.
James invested in Argentina bonds in 2014, and that was before the new president of Argentina was elected. That investment is producing an annualized return of more than 25 percent.
James Dondero is able to act quickly in the emerging market investment space because Highland Capital has offices in Seoul, Singapore, Sao Paulo, and New York. Even though the company is based in Dallas, Dondero, and the executive team receive information from company offices around the globe every day.
The Cox School of Business is excited to have James Dondero on the board, and Jim is honored to be a part of the SMU community.