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Dobelle resigns from Westfield State presidency

Accused of lavish and improper spending, college head had sought settlement; will continue defamation suit

Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle abruptly retired Friday afternoon, departing the school with nothing but his pension as investigators for the school and two state agencies pored over records of his questionable spending of university resources on international travel, five-star hotels, limousines, and high-priced restaurants.

Dobelle received no severance or other payments from the university in exchange for his retirement, though he will be eligible for a state pension of about $90,000 a year. Dobelle, who was placed on paid leave by university trustees in October, had been trying to obtain a financial settlement in exchange for his resignation. But the trustees rejected his most recent proposal of six months’ pay and the title of president emeritus, according to someone briefed on the trustees’ reaction.

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