CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - A special meeting was held Wednesday night at Westfield State University where the Board of Trustees has received reports on President Evan Dobelle's spending.
The WSU Board of Trustees received a report from the school's accounting firm Wednesday night. The accountants said as of their latest report, all personal expenses on his school credit card have been reimbursed by Dr Dobelle. The Foundation has been reimbursed as well.
President Evan Dobelle is accused of charging personal expenses to the Westfield State College Foundation, a private group that supports university scholarships and programs.
The 22News I-Team filed a public records request in March of this year for information about Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle's international travel expenditures.
According to Westfield State University spokesperson Molly Watson, each department pays for travel out of their budgets. The information released to 22News were for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012 and up to April 15, 2013.
In 2012 and 2013 Dobelle traveled to Cuba. From February 11 to February 20, 2012 he was in Cuba to attend an international higher education conference. His expenses were $4,653. These expenses were paid by University funds.
He again traveled to Cuba this year, from March 6 to March 13, accompanying an academic and athletic delegation in an effort to establish an Institute for Hispanic and Latin American Studies. The school's baseball team participated in exhibition games. Dobelle's expenses were $1,956. The 2013 trip was paid for by fundraising and private donations.
Dobelle's expenses charged to the school for business have been criticized as being excessive.
Dobelle faced criticism for excessive expenditures when he was President at the University of Hawaii. He was fired from that position in 2004, but the university later rescinded the firing after reaching a settlement.
President of the foundation Edward Marth told 22News these expenses occurred 2 or 3 years ago. Now there's a new policy in place.
“Well it requires more than one signature. Everything requires documentation. Past experience was that the documentation wasn't really there,” said Marth.
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