WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle has been temporarily placed on paid administrative leave. The Westfield State University Board of Trustees unanimously reached this decision early Thursday morning, after a 10 hour meeting.
WSU Board of Trustees Chair, Jack Flynn, announced that the Board decided to hire a Boston-based law firm called "Fish and Richardson". This firm will be conducting an investigation into President Dobelle's spending, and any issues that were raised by the Inspector General. The deadline for this investigation is November 25th.
22News caught-up with President Dobelle around midnight, shortly after the announcement was made. He told us he wanted to speak to us, but he couldn't. "We worked very hard tonight to try and give folks various paths out, and my attorney can speak to that directly", said Dobelle.
Dobelle's attorney, Ross Garber told 22News, that they're considering legal action, and will see what their options are over the next few days. "The violations of law, the violations of President Dobelle's rights need to be remedied", said Garber. "What you did not hear was a response to the very serious allegations of impropriety by certain members of the Board...and I expect that over the next several weeks, you will hear a response to that."
President Evan Dobelle will remain on paid administrative leave once the investigation is completed, next month.