Evan Dobelle


Former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle has withdrawn his federal lawsuit against state and school officials blaming them for his departure, saying the legal fight's cost was too great.

The Republican of Springfield reports that Dobelle and defendants filed a motion in federal court Thursday saying they agreed to dismiss the lawsuit.

Lawyers for former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle, who is suing state education officials, cite an "irreconcilable difference" and a failure to pay bills, in their effort to drop him as a client.

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The former mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has resigned from the Westfield State University Board of Trustees. University leadership has been under scrutiny for the past year.


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.


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.

State Releases Some Westfield St. Funding

Oct 24, 2013

Westfield State University says the state’s releasing more than $195,000 dollars in funding frozen amid a spending investigation by its now-suspended president, Evan Dobelle.

Acting President Elizabeth Preston made the announcement after meeting Wednesday with state Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland.

Freeland said earlier Wednesday during a visit to Springfield he hopes Dobelle's situation will be resolved by Nov. 25, either by a negotiated settlement or action by the Westfield State trustees.


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.


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.  

Jim Levulis

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.

Westfield State President Faces No-Confidence Vote

Oct 7, 2013
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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.

Ed Officials To Meet With Westfield State Chief

Sep 13, 2013

The head of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education says he wants to meet with Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle to review his spending.

Higher Education Chairman Charles Desmond said in a letter to Dobelle Thursday that a report about expenditures of state funds including credit card expenses incurred by university employees "raise serious concerns" about their appropriateness.

Desmond said he and other top state education officials want to meet separately with members of the Westfield State Board of Trustees.