Commonwealth to have greater oversight in Westfield State University president search

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New guidelines for the search, selection, appointment and performance of state university and community college presidents went into effect last year and now give the state Department of Higher Education’s commissioner and board more pull when presidents are selected.

“My board is in a position to play a much stronger role in presidential searches,” state Commissioner of Higher Education Richard M. Freeland said. “We have new, significantly enhanced rules to play a role in the selection.”

The new guidelines were in the works long before controversy erupted last year over Dobelle’s travel and spending habits. Dobelle resigned in November and filed two lawsuits against the university, claiming he was forced out by trustees.

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