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Ex-College President Evan Dobelle's Lawsuit Idles; Two More Pending

Westfield State University
Evan Dobelle is former president of Trinity College in Hartford, and more recently, former president of Westfield State University in western Massachusetts.

No trial date has been set yet in the federal lawsuit involving ex-Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle. Dobelle is the former president of Trinity College in Hartford.

In the 2013 federal complaint, filed three weeks before he resigned, Dobelle alleges that his constitutional and contractual rights were violated when he was placed on administrative leave and forced to resign from his post as president of WSU.

Dobelle resigned amid an investigation into his spending practices  by the Massachusetts Inspector General. The probe found that Dobelle had used university credit cards for personal purchases,  spent extravagantly on personal travel,  and made misleading statements about how the money was spent.  

In addition to the federal case, there are two additional lawsuits in the Massachusetts state court. One, by Dobelle against WSU alleges breach of contract, and another by the previous Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in an attempt to recover nearly 100,000 dollars in allegedly misused funds.

Dobelle was president of Trinity College in Hartford from 1995 to 2001.

Diane Orson is a special correspondent with Connecticut Public. She is a longtime reporter and contributor to National Public Radio. Her stories have been heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Here And Now. Diane spent seven years as CT Public Radio's local host for Morning Edition.

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