SMU Alumnus Arrested on Campus for Trespassing

February 28, 2010  


Bill McNutt was arrested by SMU police on Feb. 15 for violating a criminal trespass warning and was later moved to the Dallas County Jail. (PHOTO FROM DALLAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)

Bill McNutt was arrested by SMU police on Feb. 15 for violating a criminal trespass warning and was later moved to the Dallas County Jail. (PHOTO FROM DALLAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)



By Sarah Acosta
sacosta@smu.edu

SMU alumnus and Dallas businessman Lee William “Bill” McNutt was arrested by SMU police on Feb. 15 for violating a criminal trespass warning and was later booked at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, according to Dallas County Jail and SMU Police records.

McNutt was spotted on campus at SMU’s Paul Loyd All Sports Center on Ownby Drive on the day of his arrest.

In a prepared statement, university officials said SMU issued a criminal trespass warning to McNutt in November 2008 “directing him not to visit campus for any reason.”

“This action was based on SMU’s receipt of multiple student complaints against Mr. McNutt alleging behavior that violates University policy, such as offering alcohol to minors,” the statement reads. “SMU officials received information that Mr. McNutt had returned to campus in violation of the criminal trespass warning, and he was arrested by SMU Police.”

The Daily Mustang left a phone message Friday at the McNutt residence seeking comment. A friend of the McNutt family, who asked not to be identified, returned the call and read a statement she said was authorized by McNutt: “I’m looking to resolve the situation and I’m deeply embarrassed by it.”

Bill McNutt resigned as chair of the Texas Commission on the Arts on Friday, according to Gov. Rick Perry's press office. This biography page has since been taken down.

Bill McNutt resigned as chair of the Texas Commission on the Arts on Friday, according to Gov. Rick Perry's press office. This biography page has since been taken down.

McNutt was booked into jail at 7:30 p.m. and was released at 11:24 p.m. on $500 bond, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

Gov. Rick Perry appointed McNutt as chair of the Texas Commission on the Arts last December. McNutt resigned from his position early Friday morning, according to the governor’s press office. McNutt was first appointed to the commission’s board in 2007.

McNutt’s arts commission biography page, which has been taken down from the commission’s Web site, stated that he worked on the White House staffs of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. The biography states that after he left working for the government, he founded International Direct Marketing Consultants in 1990, and presently co-owns TCIP Investment Partnership, a private equity firm in Dallas. The biography also states he serves on the board of Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana and resides in University Park.

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3 Responses to “SMU Alumnus Arrested on Campus for Trespassing”

  1. Dexter on March 1st, 2010 11:54 am

    I can imagine how difficult this is on the McNutt Family who just lost their patriarch to cancer a few years ago. The entire family with the exception of Bill III are highly regarded in Dallas. They are all SMU alumns and big SMU supports.

    The son Bill McNutt III is not on the board of directors of Collin Street Bakery and has nothing to do with the family business.

    I especially feel bad for his 2 sons who are in college. They are truly fine upstanding and accomplished young men that anyone would be proud of. The McNutts deserve our prayers and support.

  2. Foster on March 12th, 2010 5:37 pm

    Bill McNutt is NOT a co-owner, nor is he associated with the Transition Capital Partners private equity firm. His firm is called “TCIP” and is essentially a defunct shell that he uses to pad his resume.

    The linkage in this article to the Transiton website is incorrect and should be removed.

    That being said, i agree with the Dexter’s comments above. Bill is an embarassment to his family and my sympathies go out to them

  3. Edwin on January 26th, 2011 2:57 am

    what a story