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Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle listens during a special meeting of the Board of Trustees Wednesday at the Horace Mann Center.
JERREY ROBERTS

Former president Evan Dobelle drops federal suit against Westfield State University

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle dropped his federal lawsuit against university and state officials on Thursday, just days after his attorneys requested to withdraw from the case, citing his failure to pay them. Dobelle and the defendants in the case agreed that it was best to cease the litigation and dismiss the case, Dobelle’s lead attorney, Ross H. Garber of Hartford, Connecticut, said in a statement issued Thursday night. In the lawsuit, Dobelle accused the defendants of defamation, civil rights violations and breach of contract, among other complaints, during investigations into his questionable spending. The defendants are outgoing state Higher …

Westfield State University hires Philadelphia firm to assist with presidential search

Monday, February 16, 2015

Westfield State University took another step toward finding its 20th president when it hired an executive search firm from Philadelphia this month. The university’s presidential search committee chose Diversified Search to help manage the hunt for the leader who will replace interim President Elizabeth H. Preston. The hiring was approved by Westfield State University’s board of trustees Feb. 5. Preston, of Westhampton, succeeded …

Claim of rapes roils swim community

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sitting in a coffee shop in Southampton, Monica Strzempko of Westfield recalled when her now 20-year-old daughter, Anna, was a happy, popular 13-year-old who was good at most everything — especially swimming. She had Olympic aspirations and was training hard with the Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings club, an elite team that drew swimmers …

Commonwealth to have greater oversight in Westfield State University president search

Friday, February 28, 2014

As Westfield State University’s trustees ramp up their search for a new president, state education leaders will have more oversight than they did when Evan S. Dobelle was hired in 2007. New guidelines for the search, selection, appointment …

Nanci Salvidio, named in Westfield State presidential spending probe, no longer employed at university

Monday, February 10, 2014

WESTFIELD — Nanci Salvidio, whose name surfaced in a report last year critical of former Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle’s spending habits, no longer works in the president’s office at the school. Salvidio had worked at …

Westfield State University faces at least $1.2 million in legal bills resulting from battle with former president Evan Dobelle

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — Westfield State University’s legal battle against its own former president is expected to cost at least $1.2 million. The university’s top financial officer told trustees Monday that $500,000-plus in bills already received from the Boston law firm of Fish & Richardson will likely double, and …

Stories that Endure: Dobelle’s troubled tenure at Westfield State University

Monday, December 30, 2013

Westfield State University made headlines across the state in 2013 for reasons that tarnished the school’s proud 175-year history. Reports surfaced in August of lavish spending by Evan S. Dobelle, university president since 2007, who earned $240,900 a …

Friday morning crash kills 84-year-old Westfield man, hospitalizes another

Friday, December 27, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A two-car crash at the intersection of North King and Elm streets claimed the life of one of the drivers and sent the other to the hospital. According to the Northwestern district attorney’s office, the deceased driver was an 84-year-old Westfield man, who was pronounced dead …

Former Westfield State President Dobelle says higher-ed chief refused to let him quit, forced firing

Thursday, December 26, 2013

WESTFIELD — Embattled former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle has alleged in new court filings that state Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland refused to let him resign during a 10-hour private meeting back in October, instead ordering the university board to fire him. Dobelle, 68, …

Westfield nurse accused of stealing nearly $10,000 from 85 year-old Easthampton woman in her care

Thursday, December 26, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A former visiting nurse faces charges after police say she stole nearly $9,800 from an 85-year-old woman she was caring for in Easthampton — and may have used some of the money to pay for a …

Manager of Easthampton clock shop pledges to return customers’ timepieces, catch up on repairs

Monday, December 16, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — The manager of Al’s Clock and Watch Repair Shop, which closed abruptly Nov. 1, pledged Monday to return clocks to customers, saying the business may reopen in the spring. Theresa Leveille said she was forced to …

Lawyer for former president Evan Dobelle wants Westfield State to pay $99,000 in legal bills

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The attorney for former Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle has submitted about $99,000 in invoices to the university for legal work during the final months of Dobelle’s embattled presidency. The bills, released by a subcommittee of …

Top Westfield State University financial officer, Milton Santiago, resigns

Thursday, December 5, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A top financial administrator has resigned from his post at Westfield State University, signaling more leadership changes at the school. Milton Santiago, the vice president for administration and finance, informed the school earlier this week that …