Dallas Texas-based Highland Capital Management announced in January of this year a donation of a $10 million endowment gift to the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The announcement was made jointly by the investment firm’s co-founder and president, James Dondero, and by Kenneth Hersh, the CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
The purpose of this gift was to support and sustain a new series sponsored by the investment firm, “Engage at the Bush Center, presented by Highland Capital Management.” Highland is now the presenting sponsor of this new series of programs for the public.
The first of the Highland-sponsored series featured the author Christopher J. Scalia discussing his late father, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. The younger Scalia. the co-editor of Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived, delivered his popular presentation in February. As a second feature of that same program, media and history experts held a panel discussion on Founding Father and fourth U.S. President James Madison, a First Amendment champion, and what his views might have been on the current media landscape. Admission for the two presentations was free of charge to the public.
Previous Engage speakers have included former National Security Advisor and United States Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice; the legendary Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels; General Michael Hayden, the former director of the NSA and CIA; stage actor and past Hamilton cast member Christopher Jackson; and the late and beloved Barbara Bush and her granddaughter, Jenna Bush Hager.
This isn’t the first financial gift to the Presidential Center made by Highland. In addition to this endowment, the firm has contributed more than $5 million since 2012 and is recognized by the Center as a Founding Benefactor.
The Dallas firm is a global multibillion-dollar organization specializing in developing business in the collateralized loan obligations, or CLO, market as well as in REITs, private equity funds, hedge funds, mutual funds, distressed and special situation private equity and other alternative investment asset classes.
As the firm’s president, James Dondero has more than three decades of experience in equity and credit markets. In addition to his responsibilities with Highland, he serves as chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holdings, CCS Medical and NexBank Capital, and as both the chairman and president of NexPoint Residential Trust.
In addition, Dondero is on the executive board of Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and he joined the Executive Advisory Council of the George W. Bush Presidential Center by invitation.
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