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State releases some Westfield St. funding

October 23, 2013

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Westfield State University says the state is releasing more than $195,000 in funding frozen amid an investigation of spending by its now-suspended president, Evan Dobelle.

Acting President Elizabeth Preston made the announcement after meeting Wednesday with state Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland.

Freeland said earlier Wednesday during a visit to Springfield he hopes Dobelle’s situation will be resolved by Nov. 25, either by a negotiated settlement or action by the Westfield State trustees.

The trustees placed Dobelle on paid leave last week and hired a Boston law firm to investigate his spending, which he has said benefited the university. The report is due by the board’s Nov. 25 meeting.

Dobelle has accused the board of exceeding its authority and violating his rights. His attorney has said he is preparing a lawsuit.

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