WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Controversy continues over Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle's spending. The schools board of trustees is now trying to call a special meeting to determine what to do next.
WSU President Dobelle has new representation as the controversy surrounding his spending habits continues. He's hired a lawyer and a new spokesman who has some harsh words for the board of trustees.
"Why did Mr. Flynn like Mr. Dobelle, say all these nice things now he's out to get him, what's Mr. Flynn's objective," said George Regan, referring to recent evaluations.
Chairman of Westfield's Board of Trustees Jack Flynn told the 22News I-Team the board is working to call a special meeting on October 16th to discuss what to do next.
This after the release of an investigation by the inspector general that found Dobelle's spending habits violated school policy.
Controversy that even students are plugged into.
"My dad did say something about it but he wasn't too aware of what's going on, but from teachers and stuff you kind of hear what's going on," said Nathan Powers, a sophomore at WSU.
Flynn says they need six members of the board to officially call a special meeting, which he says they're close to having.
He wouldn't say what discipline options they're considering if any, just that there are a range of possibilities.
Dobelle is accused of using school money for personal travel and entertainment expenses, some of which Dobelle says he paid back.
As the board considers their next move, Dobelle's representation says they're working to show how much money he's responsible for bringing into the school.
"He's generated $3 million from international programs and current revenue of $1.2 million a year," Regan added.
Regan wouldn't comment on the Inspector General's report.
The latest statement from Westfield State University Spokeswoman Molly Watson is as follows:
"The Student Government Association, at this time, refrains for commenting on the ongoing investigation involving university administration. SGA supports the mission of the university and the students we represent."