Westfield State University

New England News
9:31 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Former Pittsfield Mayor Resigns From Westfield State Board Of Trustees

James Ruberto delivers his victory speech after winning reelection as Pittsfield's mayor in Nov. 2009.
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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.

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New England News
12:21 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Ex-Westfield State President Said To Be Eager To Refute Misspending Allegations

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.
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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.

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New England News
12:17 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Inspector General's Report Details Misspending By Former University President

Evan Dobelle, who retired as Westfield State University President in Nov. 2013 after allegations surfaced of lavish spending on travel and entertainment.
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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.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Deal Now Seen As Unlikely Between Dobelle, WSU Trustees

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
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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.

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New England News
8:28 am
Thu October 24, 2013

State Releases Some Westfield St. Funding

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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.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Westfield State Funding Freeze Will Remain Until Dobelle Controversy Is Resolved

Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland does a television interview during a visit to Springfield, MA on Oct 23,2013
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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.

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New England News
7:57 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Mass. Uni Names Interim President In Spending Flap

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Westfield State University has appointed an interim president after trustees put president Evan Dobell on paid administrative leave.

The Republican newspaper of Springfield reports Elizabeth Preston, the school's vice president for academic affairs, will lead Westfield at least until Nov. 25, when a Boston law firm hired to investigate Dobelle's expenditures is due to present its findings.

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New England News
12:13 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Westfield State University President Placed On Paid Leave Pending Investigation

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
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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.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Westfield State President Responds To Criticism About Spending

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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.  

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New England News
7:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Westfield State President Faces No-Confidence Vote

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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.

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