For Some Tarnished Presidents, There Is a Second Act

The next big job can be a story of redemption—or another embarrassing chapter

For Some Tarnished Presidents, There Is a Second Act 1

Dave Roback, The Republican, Landov

Evan S. Dobelle (right), president of Westfield State U., is again being asked to explain how he spent a university's money. He departed from the U. of Hawaii a decade ago amid a similar controversy.

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Dave Roback, The Republican, Landov

Evan S. Dobelle (right), president of Westfield State U., is again being asked to explain how he spent a university's money. He departed from the U. of Hawaii a decade ago amid a similar controversy.

After his acrimonious resignation as the University of Hawaii system's president, in 2004, Evan S. Dobelle might have seemed like damaged goods. Lawmakers and members of the Board of Regents had painted Mr. Dobelle as a lavish spender who gave plum jobs to his old friends.

The charges could have been a career killer, but it took Mr. Dobelle only a few months to secure another presidency, at the New England Board of Higher Education. Members of the agency's Board of Delegates said they