Westfield State's Dobelle says he looks to future as spending issues persist

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While discussing the “dust up” over his coast-to-coast and overseas travel, Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle shared a lesson last week from his 40 years in education and politics.

“I’m never about yesterday,” said the 68-year-old former mayor of Pittsfield and president of Trinity College and the University of Hawaii.

“I’m always about tomorrow," he added.

For Dobelle, the past - in the form of credit card bills from London, Bangkok, Vienna and dozens of other cities - was harder to dismiss Friday when state education officials questioned him and the school’s Board of Trustees during back-to-back meetings in Boston.

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