Former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle ( 2nd from right) is seen here at the start of a meeting of the board of trustees in Oct. 2013. At the conclusion of a nearly 10-hour meeting the board put Dobelle on leave. He retired a month later.
The former president of Westfield State University, Evan Dobelle, must now answer to allegations brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General that he misused public funds. Dobelle’s attorney said he looks forward to having his day in court and to restoring his tarnished reputation.
A 27-page complaint filed in state court in Boston Thursday by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley accuses Dobelle of charging the university for personal items, trips, meals in fancy restaurants, and family vacations totaling nearly $100,000.
The Massachusetts Inspector General issued a scathing report Thursday on a former state university president’s use of state funds for personal purposes. The report raised the likelihood that former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle will face a criminal investigation.
Westfield State University Trustees begin a meeting on Oct.16,2013 to address the status of University President Evan Dobelle. Seated ( l to r) chairman John Flynn, board attorney James Cox, Dobelle, trustee Kevin Queenin
The leadership controversy at Westfield State University has deepened with the filing of a federal court lawsuit. Embattled President Evan Dobelle charges trustees and the state’s top higher education official have defamed him.
The Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner addressed the controversy surrounding Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle during a visit to Springfield on Wednesday. Richard Freeland also sounded an alarm about the state’s future ability to produce a properly educated workforce.
Westfield State University Trustees begin a meeting on the fate of University President Evan Dobelle as some students(standing) look on. Seated (l to r) are board chairman John Flynn, attorney for the board Jim Cox, Dobelle, trustee Kevin Queenin
Embattled Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation into his lavish spending on travel and entertainment. The western Massachusetts school’s board of trustees took the action during the course of a marathon meeting that started Wednesday afternoon and ended past midnight Thursday.
Embattled Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is defending his controversial spending of taxpayer and foundation money on travel and entertainment. He’s also complaining about what he says is a “rush to judgment” by state officials.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland have frozen state educational funds for Westfield State University after the recent allegations of illegal spending, including private travel expenses, by President Evan Dobelle.
Faculty members and librarians at Westfield State University in Massachusetts are planning a no-confidence vote on President Evan Dobelle later this month.
The Oct. 16 vote was scheduled after Dobelle missed a deadline Thursday to explain travel spending criticized by an outside auditor and state inspector general.
After Dobelle missed the deadline, state Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland froze $197,000 in university funding and recommended withholding another $2 million for a planned science center.