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Westfield State’s Dobelle sought deal

Evan Dobelle would have stepped down as president of Westfield State University last week if trustees had agreed to let him take a paid sabbatical and return as a tenured professor in the fall, say several people briefed on the private negotiations.

But the trustees, alarmed at Dobelle’s free-spending and increasingly combative public remarks, placed him on paid leave instead, even making him turn in the keys to his university car at the end of the marathon Oct. 16 trustees meeting.

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