Massachusetts’ top education official is renewing a call for disciplinary action against Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle.
Dobelle’s spending habits and use of a school credit card have been the center of controversy in recent months. Last week in Boston, state officials slammed Dobelle for his actions and criticized the Westfield board of trustees for a lack of oversight. State secretary of education Matthew Malone says the board has the authority to hire and fire school presidents.
“We’re calling on the board right now to take some action. Clearly there was a violation of policy and looking the other way is not good enough for us. So the next steps are we’re waiting for the board to convene and figure out what they are going to do,” Malone says.