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Westfield State president calls review ‘defaming’

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle Thursday night rejected a review that found he violated policies on travel and personal use of credit cards, calling it “defaming” and “illegal” because the full board of trustees did not approve it in advance.

Dobelle declined to address the details at a special trustees meeting called to release the long-awaited report, which was made public at the end of the two-hour meeting. But Dobelle touted his record, saying that much of the spending detailed in the report had brought an enormous return to the school. His controversial trip to China, which cost $140,000, led to an increase in international students coming to Westfield State, he said.

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