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Man offers $100,000 scholarship if Dobelle drops lawsuit

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:34 a.m. HST, Apr 11, 2014

WESTFIELD, Mass. >> A Westfield State University alumnus has offered to create a $100,000 student scholarship fund if ex-president Evan Dobelle drops his lawsuits against the school.

John Walsh, owner of skin care company Elizabeth Grady Co., says Dobelle, a former University of Hawaii system president, 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 lost confidence in Dobelle's leadership amid state investigations into his spending on travel, hotels, restaurants, limousines and other items. Dobelle, who resigned in November, defended the spending as necessary to promote the school.

Dobelle sued, saying he was forced out.

Walsh says legal fees are "bleeding the school."

Dobelle's lawyer tells The Republican newspaper that Walsh's offer is a "silly PR stunt."

Dobelle left UH after serving as president 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 Hawaii Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, and he fought back with lawyers, threatening to sue UH for wrongful termination. The regents reached a settlement and Dobelle resigned.

In a decision filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, a federal magistrate allowed Dobelle's suit against three Westfield State trustees and the state's Higher Education commissioner to move forward, but released a law firm and a group of auditors from the lawsuit.

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Hilofrank wrote:
Dobelle, a legend in his own mind. This is an example of throwing good money after bad. Dobelle is the gift that keeps on taking.
on April 11,2014 | 10:27AM
Wonderful_World wrote:
No kidding! To think that our intelligent selection committee found this loser for us!
on April 11,2014 | 10:43AM
Mythman wrote:
Pinky Thompson and his capo Dan Inouye brought him here - ask Dobelle if this is so?
on April 11,2014 | 02:32PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
Interesting factoid--as usual they pretend to have a selection committee looking out for the best interest of the UH.
on April 11,2014 | 02:53PM
Anonymous wrote:
too much education does a dobelle result - ignorance is bliss. too many overpaid educators creating a surplus of useless know it all experts.
on April 11,2014 | 03:12PM
glick wrote:
He is a master at using other people's money. And also a master at using lawsuits in retaliation to bully his accusers into submission. I truly hope he gets what he deserves for scamming so many people
on April 11,2014 | 03:24PM
HiNaihe808 wrote:
He would give Abercrombie and Caldwell good company.
on April 12,2014 | 07:36AM
OldEnoughToRemember wrote:
The schools deserve the consequences of their actions in not properly vetting Dobelle. A little Google goes a long way...
on April 11,2014 | 10:41AM
entrkn wrote:
I wonder who his next victim will be.
on April 11,2014 | 10:55AM
inverse wrote:
Massachusetts got Dobelle from Hawaii and Hawaii got Grab your caboosa of HART from Massachusetts. Then Hawaii got Greenwood from California: What is Hawaii going to give back to California, besides all of our visitors who are sick of Hawaii becoming one big concrete jungle, massive tax hikes, gridlock traffic made WORSE by a rail project and homeless taking over?
on April 11,2014 | 10:56AM
Hodad wrote:
Made worse? Explain your faulty logic. Any excuse to attack a project for futurre generations. You must be an old rich white man.
on April 11,2014 | 11:33AM
inverse wrote:
Anyone with half a brain knows that when the rail support columns tracks are laid in town to handle a 72,000 Ansaldo train car, especially near Ala Moana Ctr, given the size and spacing of the support columns, street lanes will have to be sacrificed for the rail. ANY side streets reduced in town has the effect of increasing road traffic on the surrounding streets. Honolulu has ZERO carrying capacity to handle any reduced traffic lanes. Case point is when a baby was thrown over the freeway overpass on the Ewa direction near Queens Hospital. ALL of Honolulu was gridlocked of the domino effect of Oahu's constrained road and highway infrastructure. It is a FACT and anyone not getting or associated with rail $$$ knows it to be true. It is not so much an issue in an open field in Kapolei but in the heart of Honolulu it will be a BIG issue.
on April 11,2014 | 01:41PM
inverse wrote:
->...72,000 POUND Ansaldo train car...
on April 11,2014 | 01:48PM
ehrhornp wrote:
Well traffic could be made worse during the construction. Once it is built, it should help traffic by giving an alternative to having to drive. I sure wouldn't drive if I lived in Ewa.
on April 11,2014 | 01:45PM
Skyler wrote:
Rail doesn't go to Ewa.
on April 12,2014 | 12:35AM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Don't forget all the deaths and shark attacks etc! The amakua are mad
on April 11,2014 | 02:33PM
Mythman wrote:
Urban high density is no hedge against ruination - look at L.A. What could have more sprawl and it's finished. Take the bullet train to Vegas.
on April 11,2014 | 02:34PM
gobows wrote:
Dobelle = Smart man
on April 11,2014 | 11:48AM
Dawg wrote:
The UoH BOR must be proud of the fact that they got scammed first and not second. Being first does have its advantages. Sucker first!
on April 11,2014 | 12:08PM
false wrote:
I think most of us in Hawaii think that Dobelle is a silly PR stunt.
on April 11,2014 | 12:10PM
Anonymous wrote:
I hope no other University hires him...
on April 11,2014 | 12:37PM
samidunn wrote:
Thought the State was suppose to protect us from people like Dobelle.
on April 11,2014 | 01:25PM
krusha wrote:
Just shows how important it is to check the applicant's past work history since history usually repeats itself wherever they go.
on April 11,2014 | 01:51PM
Hilofrank wrote:
The BOR did! They got letters from faculty and staff at his former University warning of exactly the type of person he turned out to be! But the media didn't report it because Dobelle was Cayetano's favorite. So it was all buried. And check Cayetano's support for Dobelle even after he threatened a lawsuit against UH.
on April 11,2014 | 01:59PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
But they always hire people like that! They think if the administrator fought faculty then he will be on their side! We heard about Hinshaw and Greenwood too.
on April 11,2014 | 02:36PM
808comp wrote:
This guy knows how to make money of Universities that is run by highly educated people. I bet with all this going on some other university will hire him.
on April 11,2014 | 02:03PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
You can't just hire and fire at will! People have their rights. Everyone who is wrongfully fired should sue!not turn tail and run!that's an act of cowardice!
on April 11,2014 | 02:38PM
Mythman wrote:
Lesson: when you pizz off someone who wants something you control, best to not have some baggage that person can use against you.
on April 11,2014 | 02:31PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
That is silly! Why would Dobelle have the best interests of the students in mind! In academia today, we have to take care of our selves! Each for himself!
on April 11,2014 | 02:32PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
And I'll give you 43 Federal Reserve Banks if the people of Hawaii stop voting/empowering the Democrat thieves.
on April 11,2014 | 11:12PM
MililaniGirl wrote:
He should retire because he has umm 1 settlement from his job at UH and another pending. Smart man...
on April 12,2014 | 12:10AM
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