Westfield State University President Elizabeth Preston announces a partnership with the Springfield Public Schools to create more minority teachers. Preston is joined by Westfield State Dean of Education Cheryl Stanley
A state university in western Massachusetts and an urban public school system have announced a partnership to train more minority teachers in high- demand fields.
Westfield State University and the Springfield Public Schools have embarked on a “grow your own” initiative to recruit Springfield high school students of color to become teachers, provide a four-year university education, followed by a guaranteed job in the city’s public school system.
Two colleges in western Massachusetts have announced a student transfer program that puts a cap on the cost of a diploma.
The agreement between Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College gives commuter students an opportunity to earn a degree at both the associate’s and bachelor’s levels for a total cost of $30,000 in tuition and mandatory student fees.
" What we are doing is putting together a four-year college degree that is roughly the cost of a new car," said Westfield State University Interim President Elzabeth Preston.
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 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.
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.