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WSU President Evan Dobelle Files Suit Against Three Trustees, Higher Ed. Commissioner


WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Embattled Westfield State President Evan Dobelle has filed a federal civil suit, claiming he was suspended without due process.

Among the defendants listed in the complaint filed Thursday in federal court are Westfield State Board of Trustees members John Flynn III, Elizabeth Scheibel, and Kevin Queenin, along with Mass. Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland.

Dobelle is also suing attorneys for the university, as well as the outside auditors who were hired to review his spending.

In the complaint, Dobelle’s attorneys claim that their client “was suspended from his job without due process and in violation of his employment agreement.”

Dobelle has been embroiled in a controversy over his spending practices while taking domestic and international trips

After a lengthy meeting last week, the university’s Board of Trustees placed Dobelle on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of a second investigation into Dobelle’s spending.

The action by the board was a move that Freeland agreed with, telling ABC40 Wednesday “I think they did the right thing.”

You can CLICK HERE to read the full 40 page lawsuit.

This is a developing story. ABC40 will continue to follow this story and have the latest, on-air and online, as it becomes available.

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