Post-Dobelle, Westfield State Looks at Spending Practices, Prepares for New Science Center

Westfield State University trustees are taking a close look at the school’s travel and credit card policies. That’s as the board waits for a report about spending by Westfield State’s controversial – and now retired – president, Evan Dobelle.

The subject was part of a trustee meeting last week.

Also last week, the university announced the state was releasing a $2 million grant to help build a new science center. Massachusetts’ higher education commissioner, Richard Freeland, had held-up that money over concerns about Dobelle’s expenses.

Robert Kersting is a professor at the school. He sits who sits on the steering committee for the science project.

“It allows us to stay on track for what we were originally planning,” Kersting says. “Most people are probably simultaneously thrilled and relieved that we’re past that bump in the road.”

The university says construction of the science center is scheduled to begin next fall.

New England Public Radio’s Brianda Reyes reported this story.