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State official blasts Westfield State president

The state’s top higher education official said Friday that it is “highly questionable” whether Evan Dobelle should remain as the president of Westfield State University, accusing him in a letter of “repeated examples of inappropriate behavior,” such as spending public funds on himself and engaging in baseless attacks on public officials.

Richard M. Freeland, the state’s higher education commissioner, said “it would be hard to overstate the damage that has been done to the reputation of our public colleges and universities” by the controversy surrounding Dobelle’s lavish spending, including more than $200,000 in charges on one university-related credit card over a two-year period.

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