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  • Co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management Expands Commitment to University, City

DALLAS, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — James Dondero, co-founder and president of Dallas-based asset management firm Highland Capital Management, L.P., has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business. Dondero’s new board position expands Highland’s already strong commitment to SMU, which includes the endowment of the Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars, a program that recognizes and encourages academic and professional pursuits in public policy, as well as ongoing support of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

“The Cox School at SMU contributes to the vibrant business community here in Dallas of which Highland is among the many beneficiaries,” said Dondero. “I am honored to assist with the numerous growth and excellence initiatives currently underway.”

The SMU Cox Executive Board consists of about 100 appointed members, most of whom are non-academics, who advise on the strategy of the business school. The Executive Board meets three times a year—in the fall, winter and spring.

In addition to his leadership at Highland, Dondero is Chairman of NexBank, NexPoint Residential Trust, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical. He also serves as a board member of Jernigan Capital and MGM Studios.

About Highland Capital Management, L.P.
Highland Capital Management, L.P. is an SEC-registered investment adviser, which together with its affiliates has approximately $16 billion of assets under management. Founded in 1993 by James Dondero and Mark Okada, Highland is one of the largest and most experienced global alternative credit managers. Highland specializes in credit strategies, including credit hedge funds, long-only funds and separate accounts, distressed and special-situation private equity, and collateralized loan obligations (CLOs). Highland also offers alternative investments, including emerging markets, long/short equities, and natural resources. Highland’s diversified client base includes public pension plans, foundations, endowments, corporations, financial institutions, fund of funds, governments, and high net-worth individuals. Highland is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and maintains offices in New York, Sao Paolo, Singapore, and Seoul. For more information visit

About SMU Cox School of Business
The Cox School of Business ( was originally established in Dallas in 1920 on the campus of Southern Methodist Universityin Dallas, Texas, and was named in honor of benefactor Edwin L. Cox in 1978. SMU Cox offers a full range of highly ranked undergraduate and graduate business education programs, academic centers of excellence and an active alumni network with chapters globally.

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