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Dobelle resigns as president of Massachusetts university

By Associated Press & Star-Advertiser

LAST UPDATED: 01:08 p.m. HST, Nov 08, 2013

WESTFIELD, Mass. >> Suspended Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle has retired.

Dobelle, a former University of Hawaii president, informed the Massachusetts university's board of trustees of his retirement, effective immediately, in a letter today. He had been at odds with trustees over criticism that he charged personal expenses on university credit cards and spent lavishly on foreign travel.

The board voted to suspend him with pay last month. Dobelle responded by filing a federal lawsuit against trustees and the state's higher education commissioner.

In the letter, released by a public relations firm hired by Dobelle, he said his decision to retire was the result of what he called the university's failure to abide by the terms of his contract.

He expressed gratitude to faculty, students and others for their support and friendship during his six years as president.

Dobelle's troubles at Westfield are similar to his controversial tenure at UH from 2001 to 2004. UH regents unanimously voted to fire him in 2004 amid charges of lavish spending, dishonesty and wasting university resources.

Dobelle said he was a victim of a vendetta by then-Gov. Linda Lingle, and he fought back with lawyers. He threatened to sue UH for wrongful termination. The regents reached a settlement and Dobelle resigned.

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Iuki wrote:
Dobelle needs serious psychiatric care, but I doubt if that would even help. He is so far gone in his state of arrogance and self-delusion that he probably will never change. It's too bad, because he probably did have a lot to offer at one time--until he became so caught up in wanting the best of everything. He didn't care what that cost the institutions that hired him or the students who attended there.
on November 8,2013 | 11:45AM
kuewa wrote:
I think the University board members that support hiring Dobelle and others like him are the ones that need help the most. Dobelle is doing OK for himself. I'll be he gets good payouts when he "retires" from each position.
on November 8,2013 | 11:48AM
ohialehua wrote:
Exactamundo. Good for the folks in Massachusetts holding firm against his ridiculous lawsuit. Should have done it here instead of rewarding him with a golden parachute.
on November 8,2013 | 06:02PM
omd111 wrote:
He's a sociopath. Plain and simple.
on November 8,2013 | 11:59AM
kispest wrote:
Once a crook, always a crook....
on November 8,2013 | 12:09PM
allie wrote:
up..and he finds poorly run universities to victimize.
on November 8,2013 | 12:48PM
allie wrote:
true...but blame Inouye for forcing this bad dude on the UH. Word is that Inouye wanted to repay a favor to some folks and placed the old dog fund raiser at the UH. It really cost Hawaii. Again, one day THE FULL story about Inouye will come out. It won't be very pleasant.
on November 8,2013 | 12:47PM
Venus1 wrote:
For someone from North Dakota you appear to know every thing about Inoyue! Perhaps you 'tell all' and join Snowden in Rssia!
on November 8,2013 | 02:22PM
HiNaihe808 wrote:
Con men cannot be successful if there are no dumb people.
on November 9,2013 | 06:45AM
false wrote:
Finally…….looking forward to him applying for the U.H. job.
on November 8,2013 | 11:48AM
lsm5000 wrote:
As of October 26: "Dobelle has filed a federal lawsuit charging that trustees and the state's top higher-education official have conspired to destroy his reputation, raising the stakes in a three-month-long leadership crisis that has rocked the state university. Lawyers hired by the trustees are already investigating Dobelle's spending habits with plans to report their findings by Nov. 25....". Guess we know what that report will say.
on November 8,2013 | 11:49AM
localguy wrote:
Carbon copy of his shibai allegations against UH. The man should have retired a long time ago, is damaged goods.
on November 8,2013 | 12:15PM
Waipahunokaoi wrote:
Some stupid college will give him a job and he'll laugh all the way to the bank---again!
on November 8,2013 | 11:54AM
gobows wrote:
Dobelle is the smartest man alive.
on November 8,2013 | 11:57AM
false wrote:
On the planet Pluto.
on November 8,2013 | 04:57PM
Shh wrote:
Wonder which University is going to hire him next? I'm sure he is asking himself the same question. Which University is going to pay for my lavish spending habits and trips?
on November 8,2013 | 11:58AM
localguy wrote:
I hear one in Cuba has made him an offer.
on November 8,2013 | 12:15PM
false wrote:
I heard Tijuana instituted of Tech is right behind. LOL
on November 8,2013 | 04:59PM
allie wrote:
He had done the same thing twice when he was hired at UH hon
on November 8,2013 | 12:48PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Three times is the charm.
on November 8,2013 | 01:59PM
localguy wrote:
Good to see the trustees stuck together, held Dobelle accountable for his failures, and sent him packing. Man needs to just go away, is damaged goods.
on November 8,2013 | 12:16PM
TrueCloud wrote:
The guy is not dumb. Too bad he lost his way at the expense of others. Mr. Dobelle, God gave you a gift of leadership qualities, which you compromised by taking what was not yours to take. Shame on you.
on November 8,2013 | 12:18PM
allie wrote:
He could not lead a playpen
on November 8,2013 | 12:49PM
palani wrote:
Perhaps a pre-school? :)
on November 8,2013 | 01:18PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
I wonder if another school will hire him to be president?...
on November 8,2013 | 12:29PM
RKC808 wrote:
Ah. Yes some other school will hire this Piece of Work. My guess is he is goin to seek a lower type job like a community college or high school
on November 8,2013 | 03:28PM
ohelo wrote:
I hope that our Board of Rregents wil be smart enough NOT to hire someone like Dobelle and Greenwood. Another person who got fired was Hawaii's Librarian, Bart Kane; he was hired by the Prince George's County MD (just east of Washington DC), and then also got fired.
on November 8,2013 | 12:48PM
dancingcat wrote:
That's news...didn't hear/read about Kane. What was the reason for firing him at Prince George?
on November 8,2013 | 04:27PM
prest1948 wrote:
Sure hope the regents will do a comprehensive background check on all applicants for the vacant UH President position. We don't need any more losers who take advantage of the system and threaten to sue the State of Hawaii. You don't have to be a nice guy just because you represent the University of Hawaii; just consider the money spent on a new President is being paid for with your tax money too. Don't offer a ridiculous package like the last President had unless they prove their worthiness.
on November 8,2013 | 12:53PM
BonDancr wrote:
His patio furniture (Manoa house) cost thousands of $$ and of course we (taxpayers) picked up the tab.
on November 8,2013 | 01:15PM
nitpikker wrote:
but thats peanuts compared to greedwoods monthly rent of 5k.
on November 8,2013 | 05:00PM
lokela wrote:
Same guy same patterns just different University. Who's next?
on November 8,2013 | 01:41PM
gobows wrote:
he should be a used car salesperson
on November 8,2013 | 01:43PM
islandsun wrote:
Apply at UH, they have a history of hiring incompetents. Their latest is Ben Jay.
on November 8,2013 | 03:31PM
FrankieT wrote:
Now that does not surprise me, what a sham he has nothing but cause problems for everyone he comes in contact with
on November 8,2013 | 03:49PM
Kaleo744 wrote:
The CON MAN,what's he's next move I wonder....huummmmm!!!!!
on November 9,2013 | 12:08AM
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