For Some Tarnished Presidents, There Is a Second Act

October 3, 2013

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 were satisfied Mr. Dobelle had done nothing wrong.