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Patrick seeks answers on Westfield State spending

The Patrick administration has summoned Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle and his board of trustees to Boston next week to answer questions about Dobelle’s use of school credit cards for personal expenses and costly business travel such as nearly $150,000 to lead a group on a tour of Asia.

Charles F. Desmond, chairman of the state Board of Higher Education, sent a letter to Dobelle Thursday expressing concerns after a recent review of Dobelle’s spending by an outside accountant found numerous violations of university credit card policy and a lack of documentation for Dobelle’s expenses on several cards, including one issued to his executive assistant.

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