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August 01, 2014

Report: Ex-Mass. College Head's Spending Nearly Broke Foundation

A long-awaited Massachusetts state analysis of former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle's tenure accuses him of deliberately and repeatedly misusing the institution's funds and nearly bankrupting its nonprofit fundraising arm, writes The Boston Globe.

The 71-page report by state Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha cites more than 20 examples of alleged misconduct during Mr. Dobelle's six-year tenure, which ended with his resignation in November amid probes of his spending. Mr. Dobelle has filed suit against Westfield State trustees and state officials, claiming the accusations were part of a smear campaign aimed at ousting him from office.

According to the report, the university had to spend $400,000 to bail out the Westfield State Foundation after Mr. Dobelle used donated funds on 10-person trip to Asia in 2008 and other expenditures that yielded little benefit for the institution. A spokesman for Attorney General Martha Coakley said her office is looking into whether the state can go to court to recover money from Mr. Dobelle.