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Dobelle Will Provide an Explanation to the State by Monday

DobelleWESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) —   The State’s Board of Higher Education will have to wait a little longer for an explanation from the Westfield State University President on his spending.

The Board has asked Evan Dobelle to address a number of concerns they had following an audit of spending from the state Inspector General’s office by today, October 3rd. But Dobelle was unable to meet their request because he’s still gathering all the information.

That’s according to his lawyer, Ross Garber who explained to ABC40 tonight that the state will have all the details they are looking for by Monday at the latest.

“I can confirm that we informed the Department of Higher Education that we’d be providing information to them by Monday.  The president took the request for information very seriously.  The Department has asked for a lot of information.  He’s assembling it now.  Some of it is not in his possession so he’s had to get those items.  So he is in the process of assembling it,” explains Garber.

Back on September 25, Education Commissioner Richard Freeland sent a letter to the school’s president asking him 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.

State officials and faculty members at Westfield State University have been voicing concerns about reports of lavish spending by Dobelle.  The recent audit by the Inspector General’s office also found that Dobelle violated school spending policy by using credit cards for personal expenses.  Dobelle has told ABC40 he paid it all back.

The school’s president is defended his spending saying it expands and boosts the university’s presence and reputation.


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