Evan Dobelle
Former president of Middlesex Community College, University of Hawaii, and the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), and current president of Westfield State University
Evan Dobelle
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.
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Westfield St. president seeks extension for report
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
(AP) — Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is asking state education officials for more time to provide detailed explanations of his travel expenses amid an inquiry about his spending. Westfield State's auditors found in August that Dobelle and other top university officials violated travel and credit card policies. At a public meeting of the state Board of Higher Education last month, Freeland told Westfield State trustees that Dobelle's travel spending showed "a pattern of seemingly excessive and indulgent personal and professional expenses."
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Private funds hobble some UH projects - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Google News - over 5 years
Many of the private-public partnerships began or were pushed at the university under former UH President Evan Dobelle, a big proponent of bringing private businesses and government together. Dobelle is credited with helping to put together $250 million
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Valley Press Club awards scholarships to aspiring journalists - MassLive.com
Google News - almost 6 years
The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Evan Dobelle, Westfield State University president, who himself has a storied past and a cultured perspective on the ever-changing world around us. "You need to seek out a great deal of knowledge because the
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Tom Shea: Catching up with Evan Dobelle -- college president, squash enthusiast - MassLive.com
Google News - almost 6 years
By Tom Shea He had just been appointed president of Middlesex Community College in Lowell. Now the school's Lowell campus has a library named in his honor. In the ensuing years we've talked about education and politics, and he's always had nuanced
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Election 2011: Marchetti Calls For 'One Pittsfield' - iBerkshires.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Marchetti made his pitch to a packed room at Itam Lodge with a veritable who's who in Pittsfield politicians lined up alongside him, including Mayor James M. Ruberto, council President Gerald Lee and former Mayor Evan Dobelle, who introduced him
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SQUASHING THE IVIES
NYTimes - about 6 years
One day in 1996, Trinity College's new president, Evan Dobelle, called the men's squash coach into his office. Dobelle was an unconventional hire. He didn't complete his bachelor's degree until he was 39, working in politics -- mayor of Pittsfield, Mass., aide to President Carter, treasurer of the Democratic National Committee -- then running first
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Ousted Leader Denies Claim By University
NYTimes - over 12 years
The University of Hawaii's ousted president said Friday that comments made by university regents accusing him of lying and misusing money are untrue -- and the regents would not have settled with him if they were. The former president, Evan Dobelle, spoke to The Associated Press after the Board of Regents released minutes of a meeting at which he
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University Settles Leader's Firing
NYTimes - over 12 years
University of Hawaii regents on Thursday reversed their decision to fire the university's president, Evan Dobelle, ''for cause,'' clearing him of any wrongdoing and agreeing to pay cash and other benefits totaling more than $1.8 million. Dr. Dobelle agreed to resign as president of the 10-campus state university but will continue as a research
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University of Hawaii Fires Its President
NYTimes - almost 13 years
The board of the University of Hawaii has fired the university's president, Evan Dobelle, citing a lack of trust and calling his character into question. The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to fire Dr. Dobelle ''for cause,'' saying in a statement that he no longer had their trust and that ''there is no longer a unity of purpose between the board
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Easy-Going, but Hands-On, at Trinity
NYTimes - almost 13 years
JIMMY JONES, aka Dr. James F. Jones, the new president of Trinity College, was telling one of his newest stories: an employee of Trinity College attended a reception in early April for scholarship recipients and their donors. She surveyed the scene, then said to the stranger standing next to her, ''You must have to give a lot of money to get
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Arts Institutions Suffer Growing Pains
NYTimes - over 13 years
ONLY two years ago, three major Hartford cultural institutions had big plans for renovation and expansion projects involving superstar architects. But two of the three projects -- at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Connecticut Historical Society -- have been canceled, victims of a lackluster economy and the leadership's second-guessing
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Trinity's New Leader Has Neighbors in Mind
NYTimes - about 15 years
THE small seacoast town of Durham, N.H., has long been dominated by the University of New Hampshire. After all, when school is in session, the student enrollment matches, if not exceeds, the town's population. So when Richard H. Hersh served as vice president for academic affairs for the university in the 1980's, it became increasingly apparent to
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Architectural Superstars Tackle Three Hartford Attractions
NYTimes - over 15 years
IF one measure of a city is its architecture, Hartford is poised for a growth spurt as three of the city's major cultural institutions have announced multimillion-dollar building projects by high profile architects. The Wadsworth Atheneum, the Connecticut Historical Society and the Mark Twain House are in the planning stages for major expansions to
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Sunday: a Day of Rest, or Is It?
NYTimes - over 16 years
NEW YORK may be the city that never sleeps, but Connecticut, on Sunday nights, doesn't have that problem -- perhaps because it's part of New England, which traditionally treats Sunday as a day of rest. It's family time, hobby time, catch-a-breath-before-a-new-workweek time, according to the following unscientific survey. Duby McDowell, of Hartford,
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College Initiates Program to Give Back to Its Neighbors
NYTimes - over 16 years
Carlos Espinosa remembers when the wrought iron fence that envelops the Trinity College campus was extended across Vernon Street to insulate the liberal arts enclave further from its neighbors. That was in 1994, during a time of drive-by shootings and youth-gang turf wars in a community undergoing a long, steady decline. Now Mr. Espinosa is a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Evan Dobelle
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 67
    On November 8, 2013, Dobelle announced his resignation from Westfield State University and his retirement from public service.
    More Details Hide Details However, he is still both suing the university and billing it for over 90 thousand dollars in his legal fees. He has researched and compiled the “Saviors of Our Cities” list, which spotlights the top 25 universities and colleges that are “exemplary examples of community revitalization and cultural renewal, economic drivers of the local economy, advocates of community service and urban developers, both commercially as well as in housing.” Dobelle serves on the Executive Boards of the Consortium of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), the Commission on Effective Leadership of the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Council on International Education (CIEE). Dobelle has received accolades during his career for success in community outreach as well as management of colleges inclusive of faculty issues, athletic teams, student engagement and being an agent for change. Dobelle's father was orthopedic surgeon Martin Dobelle, and his brother was scientist William H. Dobelle. He resides with his long-time wife, Kit. They have one son.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Auditors also questioned other expenses, including $3,000 in tickets to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and an unexplained $8,000 wire transfer to Vietnam, one of several undocumented expenses from a 2008 trip to Asia which cost $140,000. Reaction to the controversy includes an investigation by the state Attorney General's office and the withdrawal of a $100,000 gift. Dobelle called the audit and its release illegal and defaming. On October 16, the university faculty and staff voted "no confidence" in Dobelle, and following a 10-hour meeting the board of trustees unanimously voted to place Dobelle on paid administrative leave until an outside investigation could be completed.
  • 2007
    Age 61
    In December 2007 Dobelle was appointed president of Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details During his tenure the school's name was changed from "college" to "university."
  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 58
    In 2004, he became president of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE).
    More Details Hide Details A few weeks later he was unanimously chosen to be President of NEBHE by the 48 delegates representing the six New England governors. Dobelle reorganized and focused the organization on core issues of access and affordability, significantly heightening NEBHE’s visibility and increasing external funding. Dobelle also energized participation of the six states in the region for the College Ready initiative and engaged all New England Governors, SHEEOS, and K–12 Education Commissioners in a single cooperative effort to address high school graduation rates and college access.
    On June 15, 2004 Dobelle was fired "for cause."
    More Details Hide Details Turnover on the Board of Regents meant that there were no Regents left who had selected him as President. A few weeks later, as Dobelle prepared to file a lawsuit, the university rescinded the firing as part of a mediated settlement. Dobelle agreed to resign from the presidency and not to apply for any other University of Hawaii positions, and the university agreed to a two-year non-tenured research position and a settlement of $1.6 million in cash, a state pension for life, and a fully paid $2 million life insurance policy, and assumed all legal costs of $1.2 million, with no finding of wrongdoing on the part of either Dobelle or the board. The ensuing controversy caused a statewide referendum to be passed by 63% that changed the way Regents were appointed by the Governor and was upheld unanimously by the Hawaii Supreme Court.
  • 2001
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was also criticized for politicizing the university by endorsing a gubernatorial candidate; cronyism in his hiring of administrators and consultants; paying unusually high salaries to administrators; taking too much credit for the university's improved enrollment and funding; and lavish spending on travel.
  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While president of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (1995–2001), neighborhood renewal reversed declining enrollments.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 34
    Long before the 1980 presidential race, Dobelle served on Governor Ronald Reagan's commission for educational reform but he was never a Reagan supporter.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was U.S. Chief of Protocol for the White House in the Carter administration with the rank of Ambassador. His wife Kit served as Chief of Protocol and Chief of Staff to First Lady Rosalynn Carter. He was the treasurer of the Democratic National Committee and National Chairman of the Carter-Mondale Presidential Committee. Carter's 1980 campaign manager, Timothy Kraft, the former administration appointments secretary, stepped down a few weeks before the general election contest against Ronald W. Reagan after allegations surfaced that Kraft had used cocaine in 1978 in New Orleans. Dobelle was the source of the allegation. Kraft in 1981 was cleared of the charge by the special prosecutor in the case, Gerald J. Gallinghouse, a former U.S. Attorney in New Orleans who had prosecuted corruption in Louisiana state government.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Dobelle was born in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 1945.
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