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State Restores $2 Million in Funding to Westfield State for Science Center

WSU PresidentWESTFIELD (WGGB) — Westfield State University is getting some major state funding restored, in the wake of the controversy around former President Evan Dobelle’s spending.

The Commissioner of Higher Education has restored the planned $2 million for the school’s new Science Center. Commissioner Richard Freeland recommended that the funding be restored and the project, “move forward with deliberate speed.”

The move shows the state’s confidence in Westfield State, after all of their state funding was pulled during an investigation into former President Dobelle’s spending. Last month, Westfield State had $200,000 in state funding restored.

Dobelle was placed on paid administrative leave, after which he retired from the university.

Construction on Westfield State’s Science Center is set to begin in Fall of 2014.¬†Cambridge Seven Associates has been selected to design the approximately 54,000 square foot building.

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