Controversial College Chief Now Works on App That Compares Itself to Tinder

Evan S. Dobelle, the former college president who left positions on multiple campuses under clouds of controversy, has a new job, reports The Republican, a newspaper in Springfield, Mass. Mr. Dobelle is a senior vice president at Countable, a company whose app likens itself to the dating app “Tinder, but for unsexy Congressional bills.”

Mr. Dobelle had several stints in higher education, and some of them ended in acrimony. He resigned as president of the University of Hawaii system in 2004 amid accusations of unnecessary spending (he also received a $1.6-million settlement for stepping down). And after he resigned as president of Westfield State University, in 2013, the Massachusetts attorney general’s office sued him, alleging improper spending. (Mr. Dobelle had compared that controversy to a witch hunt, but agreed to pay $185,000 to settle the suit.)

Mr. Dobelle is also notable among college leaders for once apparently impersonating a Chronicle intern in order to ascertain the salary of the departing chancellor of the University of Maine system, in 2006.

According to Mr. Dobelle’s LinkedIn page, he started at Countable in April.

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