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Westfield State University alumnus John Walsh offers to create $100,000 scholarship fund if Evan Dobelle drops lawsuit

Friday, April 11, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — A Westfield State University alumnus has offered to create a $100,000 student scholarship fund if ex-president Evan Dobelle drops his lawsuit against the school. John Walsh, owner of skin care company Elizabeth Grady Co., said Dobelle will accept the offer “if he has the best interests of students at heart.” Walsh said at Thursday’s trustees meeting that he wanted to start a scholarship fund last year, but … 0

Lawsuit filed by former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle advances

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A federal magistrate judge has allowed a lawsuit filed by former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle against several people to move forward. The Republican reports that in a decision filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, the judge allowed the suit against three school trustees and the state’s Higher Education commissioner to move forward, but released a law firm and … 0

State Supreme Judicial Court denies Bryan Johnston’s appeal for a new trial in slaying of UMass student David Sullivan in 2004

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

AMHERST — Bryan Johnston was not suffering from mental illness when he put six bullets into his friend and University of Massachusetts student David Sullivan in 2004, according to the state Supreme Judicial Court. The state’s highest court denied Johnston’s appeal for a new trial in a 14-page decision released Tuesday. Johnston claimed he was insane when he shot Sullivan to death on … 0

Family Wanted 9-year-old boy seeks home

Friday, October 25, 2013

Xavier is a resilient and bright 9-year-old Caucasian who says he wants to join the Army and protect the world. He is described as energetic and has a wide range of interests including sports, art, video games and … 0

Suspended Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle sues trustees, state’s higher education chief

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Just as his legal and public relations team threatened he would, Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle filed a federal civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court Thursday in Springfield against the university’s trustees, the state’s higher education … 0

State releases two grants to Westfield State University

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WESTFIELD — The acting president of Westfield State University announced Wednesday the state has released $195,444 in previously frozen funding for the school. The grant money had been frozen by state Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland after embattled university president Evan S. Dobelle failed to submit an … 0

Westfield State names VP Elizabeth Preston interim president; Pres. Dobelle expected to file lawsuit 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University named an interim leader on Thursday, hours after the school’s trustees voted to suspend President Evan S. Dobelle amid criticism that he charged personal expenses on school credit cards and spent lavishly on … 0

Westfield State faculty vote today whether to back President Dobelle amid spending scandal 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Westfield State University’s faculty and librarians have been participating in an unusual exercise this past week. One by one, in the basement office of their union on campus, they have been quietly arriving to vote on whether or … 1

Westfield State President Dobelle threatens trustees with legal action if he's suspended

Monday, October 14, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — An attorney representing Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle says legal action in federal court may be necessary if trustees suspend him Wednesday. Hartford lawyer Ross H. Garber said Monday that he is prepared to … 0

State Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland blasts president Evan Dobelle in letter to Westfield State University trustees

Friday, October 11, 2013

The state commissioner of higher education Friday night issued a letter blasting Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle for “repeated and uncontroverted examples of inappropriate behavior” which make it “highly questionable” whether he “can or should continue … 0

Bartley, Humason win primary contests for state Senate seat

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

David K. Bartley and Donald F. Humason will face off in a special election Nov. 5 to fill the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District Senate seat after the two came out on top in Democratic and Republican primaries … 1

Westfield State President Dobelle files spending report, raps critics amid investigation

Monday, October 7, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Firing back at his critics Monday, Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle issued a 20-page accounting of his travel expenditures and credit card use to the state’s higher education commissioner and, in an online video, … 0

Westfield State president faces no-confidence vote from faculty over spending probe

Sunday, October 6, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — Faculty members and librarians at Westfield State University are planning a no-confidence vote in school President Evan Dobelle later this month. The Oct. 16 vote was scheduled after Dobelle missed a Thursday deadline to explain … 0