Former University of Hawaii president Evan Dobelle is fighting back against his detractors after he has been accused of lavish spending as the president of Westfield State University in Massachusetts.
Dobelle is also accused of misusing university credit cards.
WCVB, our sister station in Boston, learned Dobelle filed a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday accusing three university trustees and the state Higher Education commissioner of conspiring to destroy his reputation.
The university's law firm and an outside auditing firm are also named in the lawsuit.
Dobelle is asking for an unspecified amount in damages and reimbursement for attorney's fees.
Dobelle was fired for cause from UH in June 2004, three years after he was hired. Under threat of a lawsuit, the firing was rescinded a few weeks later and Dobelle was allowed to resign. He and his attorneys received a settlement package worth nearly $2 million.