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State education chief blasts board over Westfield State spending

The state’s top higher education official publicly scolded trustees of Westfield State University Friday for failing to rein in controversial president Evan Dobelle despite his “clear and consistent pattern of charging personal expenses in large amounts to a university credit card in clear violation of institutional policy and state ethics laws.”

Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland said “one of the worst moments” in his 40-year education career came in August when he read the Globe’s account of Dobelle’s lavish spending on travel to Asia and other destinations and how he ran up more than $200,000 in expenses on a single university-related credit card.

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