Evan Dobelle

Former President of Middlesex Community College + University of Hawaii + the New England Board of Higher Education + Current President of Westfield State University
Born Apr 22, 1945

Evan Samuel Dobelle is a public official and higher-education administrator, is known for promoting higher-education investment in the Creative Economy, public-private partnerships and the "College Ready" model that helps students graduate from high school and college.… Read More

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  • Westfield St. President Seeks Extension For Report
    San Francisco Chronicle - Oct 04, 2013
  • Private Funds Hobble Some Uh Projects Honolulu Star Advertiser
    Google News - Jul 04, 2011
  • Valley Press Club Awards Scholarships To Aspiring Journalists Mass Live.Com
    Google News - Jun 18, 2011
  • Tom Shea: Catching Up With Evan Dobelle College President, Squash Enthusiast Mass Live.Com
    Google News - May 13, 2011


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1945 Birth Dobelle was born in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 1945.


1973 28 Years Old Dobelle holds bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University. Elected mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1973 and 1975, Dobelle was later Massachusetts State Commissioner of Environmental Management and Natural Resources. … Read More


1980 35 Years Old Long before the 1980 presidential race, Dobelle served on Governor Ronald Reagan's commission for educational reform but he was never a Reagan supporter.


1987 42 Years Old Dobelle was president of Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts from 1987 to 1990, where the library is named after him, and president and chancellor of City College of San Francisco from 1990 to 1995. … Read More


2001 56 Years Old As president of the University of Hawaii from 2001 to 2004, he backed unifying the system's campuses, established the Academy of Creative Media, built a new medical school, reformed financial and building practices and strengthened Native Hawaiian programs. … Read More
2004 59 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 15, 2004 Dobelle was fired "for cause." … Read More


2007 62 Years Old In December 2007 Dobelle was appointed president of Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts. … Read More
2013 68 Years Old 1 More Event
Controversy once again ensued, however. In August, 2013, an audit commissioned by the executive committee of the university's board of trustees found that Dobelle mixed personal and institutional expenses in $180,209 worth of expenses submitted for reimbursement by the Westfield State College Foundation; Dobelle returned $34,854 in the weeks leading up to the audit report's preparation. … Read More
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