Bill McGlashan Asks Judge for International Vacation Amid College Admission Cheating Charges

McGlashan has filed a memorandum in court that says his son has withdrawn his college applications.

Bill McGlashan (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg)

Bill McGlashan

(Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg)

Former TPG manager Bill McGlashan, who was charged this month by federal prosecutors for allegedly participating in a college admissions cheating scheme, has requested permission from a judge to travel internationally with his family next month, according to court documents.

McGlashan on Wednesday asked Judge M. Page Kelley in Boston to remove international travel restrictions and provide him with his passport for a long-planned family trip, according to a document filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Kelley on March 29, according to the District Court of Massachusetts website.

McGlashan was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud after allegedly conspiring to bribe a University of Southern California official to facilitate his son’s admission as a recruited athlete. He is among many facing charges by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly paying bribes to facilitate their children’s admissions to colleges.

“Although the single count with which Mr. McGlashan is charged is serious, the allegations against him are different than those in many of the related cases,” according to a memorandum that McGlashan submitted in court Wednesday. “There is no allegation in this case that the additional ACT test time obtained for Mr. McGlashan’s son was obtained fraudulently or was unwarranted.”

His son, 18, was diagnosed by a pediatric neuropsychologist with certain learning disabilities when he was in eighth grade, according to the memo. McGlashan’s son has withdrawn his college applications, the memo said.


Others being tried alongside McGlashan have been accused of obtaining fraudulent diagnoses of learning disabilities, which allowed their children to receive extra time on exams like the ACT, according to the criminal complaint filed March 11 with the Massachusetts court.

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TPG said earlier this month that it fired McGlashan, who founded TPG’s Growth Fund and The Rise Fund, over the allegations tied to college admissions scandal. At the time, McGlashan contested that he resigned before he could be fired.

McGlashan lives in Marin County, California with his wife and three teenaged children, according to the memo. A spokesperson for McGlashan declined to comment on the destination for his international trip.

“International travel is important to Mr. McGlashan personally and professionally,” according to the court memo filed Wednesday. “Business opportunities often require him to travel for engagements abroad.”