On January 9, 2018, Highland Capital Management announced an endowment in the amount of $10 million to be used to support programs presented under the title “Engage at the Bush Center.” This is not the first contribution by Highland to the Bush Center as Highland has been a substantial support of the programs offered by the center. This gift furthers the purpose of the center as it allows it to continue to present programs with nationally known individuals discussing the important issues of the day. Read more at bloomberg.com.
The announcement of the endowment was made as a joint statement by Kenneth Hersh, CEO of the Bush Center, and James Dondero, co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management. In addition to announcing the gift and first program, a statement was included that James Dondero will be joining the Executive Advisory Council of the Center. The first program in the series which is presented by Highland will be on February 5th and will involve Constitutional Conversations. It is open to the public at no charge but registration is required. These programs normally are filled to capacity so early sign up is encouraged.
Highland Capital has been an early supporter of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Highland has contributed in excess of $5 million to the center prior to this endowment. These funds helped establish the facilities of the center which opened in 2013. This shows their support of the programs and mission of the center. That support continues with this endowment. Read this article at investopedia.com.
This program which Highland is funding will continue to bring national recognition to the center as a place of intellectual engagement. Serious topics such as how the constitution impacts this country are vital for an educated populace to understand the functions of the Supreme Court in maintaining our constitutional form of government. Participants in the “Engage at the Bush Center” will come away with a new understanding of serious subjects. This knowledge will come due to the generous gift of Highland Capital Management.
By joining the Executive Advisory Council, James Dondero will be in a position to offer his insights into the type of programs that the center should provide. This will provide a welcomed voice to the center as it strives to be a place where important dialogue can occur in a setting similar to an academic one. This type of program is vital to a democracy and an informed publc.