Dobelle Defends Spending Before Board of Higher Education

(BOSTON, Mass.) WGGB–Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle was on the hot seat friday afternoon in Boston.

Dobelle answered questions about his spending practices at the university before the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

Dobelle does not feel his job is in jeopardy,” Not at all, in fact I’m proud of our spending practices, we’ve had enormous success with our investments across the board in every conceivable way,” says Dobelle.

As he arrived at the closed-door meeting Dobelle was asked how he would defend his trips around the country and the world,” I don’t have any defense for something I’m not defensive about, we’re all proud of what we’ve accomplished,” says Dobelle who says his spending has benefited the university.

An audit of spending and report from the state inspector general’s office said Dobelle violated school spending policy by using credit cards for personal expenses.

Dobelle says he paid it all back.

Board of Higher Education members have serious concerns about the allegations, “The public can be concerned about the things they read in newspapers or see on TV, that can have a chilling effect on the way resources and support can find its way into the public higher education system at large,” says Charles Desmond, Chair of the Board of Higher Education.

Asked if he would be surprised if he were fired Dobelle responded,” I see no reason for that,” says Dobelle.

Any disciplinary action against Dobelle would have to come from the Westfield State University Board of Trustees.