Former UH president Dobelle retires in controversy

Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:29:33 AM HST   Updated On: Nov 08 2013 01:20:46 PM HST

Former University of Hawaii president Evan Dobelle has retired while he was president of Westfield State University, according to our sister station WCVB in Boston.

Dobelle is accused of lavish spending and misusing credit cards as the head of Westfield State University in Massachusetts.

Dobelle had filed a lawsuit in federal court last month accusing three university trustees and the state Higher Education commissioner of conspiring to destroy his reputation.

The university's law firm and an outside auditing firm are also named in the lawsuit.

Dobelle was asking for an unspecified amount in damages and reimbursement for attorney's fees.

Dobelle was fired for cause from UH in June 2004, three years after he was hired. Under threat of a lawsuit, the firing was rescinded a few weeks later and Dobelle was allowed to resign. He and his attorneys received a settlement package worth nearly $2 million.


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