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State Wants Answers on Westfield President’s Spending in One Week

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — There are new developments surrounding the investigation of Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle.

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

That includes trips, dinners and other events.

During a meeting with the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education on Friday, Dobelle said he paid it all back.

However, ABC40 has obtained a letter, which was sent to Dobelle yesterday, from Education Commissioner Richard Freeland.

In it, Freeland calls on Dobelle to address a number of concerns.

Among them:

  • Use of credit cards for personal expenditures by Dobelle and others at Westfield State University.
  • Whether Westfield State foundation funds were used indiscriminately.
  • Whether various expenses, including travel and hotel, were in violation of Westfield State University’s standard of “reasonable and not excessive” business practices.

Dobelle has been given until next Thursday, October 3 – a week from today – to answer the questions outlined in the letter.

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  • cd

    Can we get some quotes from those talking heads who’d pooh-poohed all this as business as usual no too long ago?

  • bapone

    Another thief, fire his butt, no pay!

  • tiredofthemedia

    the guy got fired in Hawaii for the same thing. Maybe they should fire ( and send to jail)his criminal friends on the board who hired him! I’m sure the school is footing the bill for his lawyer. They just don’t know about it yet.