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Governor Patrick Weighs In on WSU President Controversy

DobelleWESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The future of Westfield State University president, Evan Dobelle remains a clouded one amid controversy over his spending practices.

Criticism is mounting against Dobelle after the school’s auditing firm found that the president and top university officials violated travel and credit card policies on trips to places like London, Vienna, and San Francisco.

During a stop in Springfield today, Governor Patrick expressed concern about the spending.

“There has to be accountability for the spending and I think the Westfield State Board gets that and I know there’s some follow-up questions which need to be taken seriously by president Dobelle and answered thoroughly,” explains Gov. Patrick.

Meanwhile trustees at Westfield State University are preparing for a special meeting to discuss concerns raised by higher education officials about Dobelle’s spending.  The date has yet to be set.


  • Fredpiquette

    How can this crooked puke even stay in office after this? He racked up FIFTEEN trips to San Francisco since 2008 ALONE! Now he is allegedly using a secretaries CC. This guy should get jail time, not fired. I hope the DA’s office is looking closely at this thief.

    • alpinequeen

      Did you realize that piquette is slang for a French wine of low quality? Look it up.

  • Fredpiquette

    I wish the university would explain why WSU had to reimburse the Foundation 400,000 dollars out of the WSU budget.

    I wish somebody can explain why it is ok to purchase James Taylor Concert Tickets utilizing government credit cards and claim it is for University business?

    And lastly, where the heck are the University Internal Controls to prevent unnecessary and overly expensive travel done at taxpayer expense

    • alpinequeen

      And look up grape pomace too, it’s related to piquette.

  • kobekhan

    Deval should be wondering why his administration did not uncover this abuse at a State University..Instead…A Donor refused to donate to WSU because of the abuse of funds… That’s what broke the story! Is the Fox guarding the Hen House at more of our state funded University’s??