Attorney General Martha Coakley is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the former president of Westfield State University.
Suspended Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle has retired.
Westfield State University named an interim leader on Thursday, hours after the school’s board of trustees voted to suspend president Evan Dobelle amid criticism that he charged personal expenses on school credit cards and spent lavishly on foreign travel.
The state’s higher education commissioner says it’s “highly questionable” whether Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle should keep his job because of concerns over his spending and attacks on his critics.
State Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland froze $197,000 in funding for Westfield State University late Friday after its president missed a deadline to explain travel spending criticized by its outside auditor and the state inspector general.
The state Education Secretary is asking Westfield State University trustees to publicly release their audit of President Evan Dobelle’s spending within 30 days.