Westfield St. president eyes whistleblower protection in travel expenses controversy

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Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle is considering seeking whistleblower protection as he prepares for a showdown with the Board of Trustees next month.

Amid mounting criticism of his travel expenses, Dobelle has repeatedly said he “self-reported” billing the university for dozens of airline, hotel and restaurant bills for himself and his family.

Dobelle has retained a lawyer and is exploring using the state Whistleblower Act to shield him from possible punishment by school trustees or state investigators, two sources confirmed Thursday.

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