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Dobelle placed on paid leave; probe set

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University trustees unanimously voted to place president Evan Dobelle on administrative leave with pay after a marathon, 10-hour meeting Wednesday, while a law firm investigates allegations about Dobelle’s spending and the board’s “leadership concerns.”

Trustee chairman Jack Flynn announced at 12:30 a.m. Thursday that Dobelle would remain on paid leave while the law firm Fish & Richardson completes its inquiry into Dobelle’s spending habits, expected by Nov. 25. Thomas C. Frongillo, a principal in the firm, has been representing the trustees in their negotiations with Dobelle.

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