State Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha says a former Westfield State University president racked up tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses and travel costs on university credit cards.

 

In a 71-page report released Thursday, Cunha's office said Evan Dobelle, who resigned in November 2013, charged the university for two e-book readers, a digital camera and a laptop computer using university funds. It says he also frequently billed personal trips to the university, claiming they were for meetings with prospective donors.

 

The office launched the review last July following media reports of Dobell's questionable expenses. Interim University President Elizabeth Hall Preston said Thursday that the university has taken a number of steps to improve financial controls.

 

Dobelle has said his spending was to promote the university, and filed a lawsuit alleging he was unfairly forced out.