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Southern Methodist University is a fixture within the Dallas community. Many of the city’s most colorful personalities have originated from this historic institution. The University has produced superstar athletes and some of the countries most successful business minds.

The Cox School of Business is a storied presence within SMU. It was established in 1920. Cox offers an array of courses for graduate and undergraduate programs. Students who attend the institution understand that they are becoming a part of a network that is deeply involved in the Dallas business sector with alumni world-wide.

The Cox School of Business has a board of 100 members. Many of them are non-academic types who lend their experience and expertise to the direction of the program. The board meets three times per year.

James Dondero was recently appointed to the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business at SMU. Dondero is a well-known personality in the local Dallas business community. He is the president and co-founder of Highland Capital Management.

The company is a registered SEC investment advisor. Highland Capital Management began in 1993. Dondero and Mark Okada would go on to build their company into one of the world’s largest credit management firms. Highland is headquartered in Dallas Texas. However, it maintains offices in New York, Singapore and Seoul Korea. Its client base is diversified and includes pension plans, foundations, endowments, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals.

James Dondero’s appointment to the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business at SMU is a reflection of his dedication to the local Dallas business sector. Highland Capital Management has been a supporter of the historic institution since their inception.

The Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars is a program that recognizes academic success and professionalism. Through philanthropist efforts James Dondero has been able to have an impact on many others in the community. Clients of Highland Capital Management and students of the Cox School of Business are able to use James Dondero as an example of tremendous achievement.

Dondero holds other high-profile positions within the business world including Chairman of NexBanks, Cornerstone Healthcare and CCS Medical. He is also a board member of MGM Studios.