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Gov. Asks Westfield State University for Results of Audit Within 30 Days

People-Deval Patrick2WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Governor Patrick is calling for the results of all audits concerning expenditures that were made by the Westfield State University President, Evan Dobelle to be made public within a month.

That’s according to Secretary of Education spokesperson, Matt Wilder who says the Governor and Secretary Matthew Malone have directed the college’s Board of Trustees to release the audit within 30 days.

In a letter sent to Board Chairman John Flynn, Malone writes, “As you know, Governor Patrick has consistently shown strong support for the mission of public universities, most recently through an historic increase in funding included in his current budget. At the same time, we have expressed our concern about the limited accountability of public universities for their expenditures. The recent press reports about the use of university funds by President Evan Dobelle have again raised these concerns. As I am sure you appreciate, the issues reported both call into question the proper use of taxpayer funds, and also undermine the good and important work taking place on your campus and public campuses across the state.”

As part of the letter, Malone instructs Flynn to personally brief him and Commissioner Freeland on the results of the audit and to make it public.

Questions were recently raised by Westfield State University faculty members concerning spending at the schools including a number of trips that Dobelle took.

On August 1st the school’s Board of Trustees voted to allow sharing an internal financial review with the Office of the Inspector General after they received the request from the IG on July 11.

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