Mass. College President Is Grilled on Spending, Again

Evan S. Dobelle is under scrutiny again. Massachusetts officials are asking why Mr. Dobelle, the president of Westfield State University, put personal expenses on university credit cards and stayed in luxury hotels during overseas travel. In 2004, Mr. Dobelle was ousted from the presidency of the University of Hawaii, amid complaints that included prolific spending on travel and the refurbishment of the presidential house. In 2007 he was appointed to the Westfield State presidency by a unanimous vote. He told the Associated Press on Friday that his spending had helped the university and “was strategically planned.”

Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle said he had no intention of leaving his job even as top state education officials voiced dismay Friday over reports he spent lavishly while traveling in school business and used university credit cards for personal expenses.

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