Massachusetts Releasing Funding to Westfield State – Well, Some Of It

Some funding that Massachusetts officials suspended for Westfield State University has been released. Almost $200,000 in state grants was held up over concerns about misspending by university president Evan Dobelle. He is now on paid leave.

Dobelle was taken off the job last week by Westfield State’s board, pending the outcome of an investigation into his use of university credit cards. The interim president at the school, elizabeth preston, met Wednesday with higher education commissioner Richard Freeland.

Freeland earlier this month froze some money for Westfield State, citing serious concerns about how Dobelle was spending state money.

In a statement, the university says Freeland has agreed to release the grants totaling nearly $200,000.

A spokesperson for the state higher education department says this was a “good faith gesture…to send a message to members of the Westfield community that we’re with them.”

Still unsettled, though: $2 million in funding for a planned science center at the school. That money remains suspended – for now.