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Former UH president Dobelle's travel audited in Massachusetts

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 01:00 p.m. HST, Aug 05, 2013


The Massachusetts Inspector General and the Board of Trustees of Westfield State University are auditing the travel spending of former University of Hawaii President Evan S. Dobelle.

Faculty members at Westfield State University are raising questions about Dobelle, who has been president of Westfield State since 2007.

"My concerns are that the president may have been spending money from the foundation and the university inappropriately," Buzz Hoagland, president of the faculty union, told The Republican newspaper in Massachusetts.

Dobelle agreed to a settlement to leave UH in 2004 after the UH Board of Regents questioned his travel expenses and other spending from his expense account at the UH Foundation.

Dobelle told WWLP 22News: "The expenditures I make are on students and on faculty. You can see anything I have; and what you have is, I spent money to globalize the institution — which is our #1 strategic plan."

He said he welcomed the state Inspector General's looking into the accusations over the misuse of funds at the university. Dobelle said he's confident the results will show that he has done nothing wrong.

Boston’s WCVB’s Team 5 Investigates found Dobelle took the most trips and spent the most money out of all the leaders of public universities in Massachusetts. According to state records obtained by WCVB, Dobelle took at least 27 trips in 2011 and spent $28,322.20.

The Westfield State University Board of Trustees voted Thursday night to authorize the release of all documents related to its internal audit to the state inspector general.

Dobelle described the board's audit as a routine matter on travel policies that were implemented earlier that year.

"I have thousands of students who have never been to New York, have now been to Europe and Asia studying. I have had faculty never had an opportunity to travel to go to conferences that they've never been able to go. I've gone to very few, very few trips. My interest is inspiring," Dobelle told WGGB ABC40 News on Thursday night.

"It all costs money, but we raise the money, we take people to dinner who give us tens of thousands of dollars. That's what we do here," said Dobelle.

Board of Trustees Chairman John Flynn also said he welcomed the involvement of the Office of the Inspector General.

"There is an opportunity for me and the board to have our work validated. I know that has been questioned what has been done to date," said Flynn.

The October 2012 audit was done by an outside firm and will be made public once it is finalized several weeks from now, Dobelle and Flynn said.






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dlum003 wrote:
Evan Dumbell back to his old ways; looting and pilfering school coffers for his own stin king personal benefit. He just doesnt get it this guy. Deserves a coupel of well aimed kicks to the keister to wake him up. WSU needs to drop the hammer on this pig.
on August 5,2013 | 01:05PM
1local wrote:
UH Board of Regents doesn't have the stomach to pursue righteousness for the taxpayers and students of UH...
on August 5,2013 | 03:13PM
allie wrote:
The old rip off artist is at it again!
on August 5,2013 | 01:08PM
grantos wrote:
So you were at UH during Dobelle's time? Or are you regurgitating what your professor says?
on August 5,2013 | 02:27PM
XlllX wrote:
Hahahaa...BUSTED!!!! what a troll....Lenay is that you?
on August 5,2013 | 03:42PM
allie wrote:
Everyone tells me about it and I reserached it on SF Chronicle
on August 5,2013 | 04:08PM
grantos wrote:
the tone of your comment implies more that secondhand comments or reading online newspapers
on August 5,2013 | 04:43PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Allie says she was a freshman in 2000. Dobelle left Hawaii in 2004. Being at the UH for 13 years, she does have firsthand knowledge of Dobelle.
on August 5,2013 | 10:17PM
XlllX wrote:
13 years...bahahahaa good lord this is too much....TEOing
on August 5,2013 | 11:21PM
palani wrote:
huntress, here's a suggestion for your graduate studies.

University of Iowa claims top party school title


on August 5,2013 | 02:54PM
allie wrote:
U of Iowa is a fine university but I am at UH.
on August 5,2013 | 04:09PM
luvshawaii wrote:
What do you really know about any of this? Nothing. You weren't even here. You come from somewhere else. Oh,right, you are a superior being who knows all.
on August 5,2013 | 04:21PM
SteveToo wrote:
Once a crook always a crook.
on August 5,2013 | 01:20PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
Wherever Dobelle goes, trouble follows. Good riddance!
on August 5,2013 | 01:30PM
allie wrote:
yup..bizarre dude
on August 5,2013 | 04:09PM
luvshawaii wrote:
scram you wanna be. you know nothing.
on August 5,2013 | 06:52PM
kene wrote:
Don't forget he insisted on hiring Herman Fraiser.
on August 6,2013 | 05:30AM
toad103410 wrote:
Who hired him for the UH post?
on August 5,2013 | 01:33PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
Our good 'ole, trusty UH BOR!
on August 5,2013 | 01:39PM
Mythman wrote:
Who hired him question. answer: dan Inouye on behalf of Pinky thompson -Dobelle is an urban planner and his job was to develop the KSBE property at Pucks Alley for KSBE, which Cha and Nainoa own personally pieces of...
on August 5,2013 | 02:09PM
false wrote:
All I got to say is that this scammer ripped off these guys like he did here in Hawaii LOL Maybe you guys should have asked us here in Hawaii before you got burnt.
on August 5,2013 | 01:37PM
DAGR81 wrote:
No, we got ripped off more than they did.
on August 5,2013 | 01:45PM
false wrote:
By the way. If Westfield State has a sports program you might want to watch for a particular person who once served as Hawaii athletic director about 4-5 years ago. LOL
on August 5,2013 | 01:41PM
loquaciousone wrote:
With all the RED FLAGS Dumbelle raised with his ignominious departure at UH Massachusetts should have done their due diligence before hiring him.
on August 5,2013 | 01:43PM
inverse wrote:
I don't know who had REDDER flags prior to getting hired; Dobelle or Greenwood from the University of California system. Greenwood hand picked by the UH selection committee lead by Caldwell's wife Donna Tanoue and ex HGEA union boss Russell Okata and rubber stamped by the BOR. Dobelle, as mythman pointed out favored by Inouye (I did not know the other connection with KSBE and Myron Thompson)
on August 5,2013 | 02:48PM
tiki886 wrote:
A one party State has elected people who are blind to narcissistic and psychotic people with delusions of Grandiosity who are shuffled around like pedophilic Catholic Priests.
on August 5,2013 | 08:32PM
localguy wrote:
Do you think? Once a bureaucrat, always one. Dobelle lacks leadership and ethics, typical for a "Legend in their own mind" bureaucrat. Book em Dano!!
on August 5,2013 | 02:16PM
Anonymous wrote:
He cut me off on the H1 with his BMW convertible a few years ago. No blinker, no remorse. After that, I didn't think much of him.
on August 5,2013 | 04:14PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Sounds like some administrators/auditors are looking for a way to write off a trip to Massachusetts.
on August 5,2013 | 02:22PM
LizKauai wrote:
And this is news because....?
on August 5,2013 | 02:38PM
XlllX wrote:
...Because Flossie didn't do much and Gil fizzled out..
on August 5,2013 | 03:43PM
kuewa wrote:
How many more losers will the UH BOR pick for President before the entire BOR is booted? Is it time for Frank DeLima to write a song to get the ball rolling, as he did for the Bishop Estate trustees?
on August 5,2013 | 02:44PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Frank Delima for Governor!
on August 5,2013 | 03:00PM
awahana wrote:
Bu La'ia for Lt. Gov!
Ha---waiian...
on August 5,2013 | 10:12PM
Opelu wrote:
I think Westfield State got the date that Stevie Wonder double-booked for Hawaii concert ?
on August 5,2013 | 03:09PM
First-Responder wrote:
More of the same - a complete lack of accountability of leaders in higher education. UH is no better. Doesn't anyone check references before they hire these clowns?
on August 5,2013 | 03:53PM
allie wrote:
yup
on August 5,2013 | 04:10PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
They get bad habits at UH. They think everyone can get away with everything at UH and so the can get away with some of the worst things people do. Someone needs to audit the UH Foundation, especially the spending during the reign of the "Chinese woman" VP whose best friend has now taken her place. The current head of the foundation lets anything and everything go on. They think because the foundation is not a state office, but is private, they can do anything. Same at EWC.
on August 5,2013 | 03:59PM
allie wrote:
maybe but he was in trouble long before UH. Check his record in the SF Chronicle
on August 5,2013 | 04:10PM
cojef wrote:
What's with these presidents of higher learning? They are of the opinion that whatever they spend is okay, the higher the better. Accountability is unknown in their vocabulary. They all have a common thread, sweetheart contracts and paid sabbaticals. One wonders why the Board of Regents allow such practices to continue, over and over. In the haste to sign up the notable is partially to blame. These notables all have a resume that appears outstanding, but in reality there over-rated and in the real corporative world would have failed miserably
on August 5,2013 | 05:12PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Once a snake, always a snake?
on August 5,2013 | 05:13PM
Anonymous wrote:
"I have thousands of students who have never been to New York, have now been to Europe and Asia studying. I have had faculty never had an opportunity to travel to go to conferences that they've never been able to go. I've gone to very few, very few trips. My interest is inspiring," He should learn to speak proper English.
on August 5,2013 | 06:07PM
Anonymous wrote:
Is there a typo? 27 trips and he only spent $28k? Assuming that the trips were all on business, that's some pretty frugal traveling.
on August 5,2013 | 06:40PM
hon2255 wrote:
BOR on a roll ,two bad hires, Dobelle and Greenwood
on August 5,2013 | 08:30PM
tiki886 wrote:
A one party State has elected people who are blind to narcissistic and psychotic people with delusions of Grandiosity who are shuffled around like pedophilic Catholic Priests.
on August 5,2013 | 08:34PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
that's a deeply disturbing view you have there tiki.
on August 5,2013 | 11:34PM
Hawaiiobserver wrote:
Why are we only NOW auditing Dobelle from spending he did 13 years ago? It should've been looked at monthly or at least, annually?
on August 5,2013 | 09:23PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
"It all costs money, but we raise the money, we take people to dinner who give us tens of thousands of dollars. That's what we do here," said Dobelle. Wow, this guy is something else huh! I'm glad he's not Hawaii's problem anymore.
on August 5,2013 | 11:26PM
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