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State seeks public release of university audit

August 23, 2013

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The state Education Secretary is asking Westfield State University trustees to publicly release their audit of President Evan Dobelle’s spending within 30 days.

Matthew Malone said in a letter made public Friday that media reports on Dobelle’s spending revive concerns about public universities’ accountability, and “undermine the good and important work taking place.”

Board chairman John Flynn, who initiated the audit, tells The Springfield Republican (http://bit.ly/16oMa9T) he expects to release it after next Thursday’s board meeting.

The Boston Globe reported Sunday (http://b.globe.com/14Wc88e) that Dobelle, among other spending, billed more than $200,000 in travel, meals and entertainment to the nonprofit Westfield State Foundation, which raises money for scholarships and education, and later agreed to repay more than $20,000. Dobelle said his spending has been to benefit the university and any personal expenses included were unintentional errors.

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