A Cog in the College Admissions Scandal Speaks Out



John Vandemoer (43), describes in a new book how Stanford became a target for college admissions scandals. Credit to Jenna Garrett, The New York Times

An ex-sailing coach plead guilty to paying bribes for Stanford's athletic program. His colleagues knew where the money was coming.

John Vandemoer, 43, describes in a new book the environment that made Stanford a ripe target for the college admissions scandal. Credit... Jenna Garrett for The New York Times

  • Published September 27, 2021 Last updated October 9, 2021

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It provides a sanctuary from the turmoil on the other side.

So it is not just serendipitous that John Vandemoer chose to rebuild his life there.

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