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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Mass Bay inaugural festivities questioned

WELLESLEY

Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley spent more than $90,000 in university funds on a week of events marking the inauguration of Carole M. Berotte Joseph , the first Haitian to become head of a US college.

The idea was to promote diversity and reach out to current and potential donors in tight budget times. Some events drew crowds; others were sparsely attended.

The weeklong inauguration in May sparked an investigative report about the spending on WBZ-TV last night, and has caused a stir at the 5,000-student college, the Globe reports today.

Joseph, who became president in March of last year , has sent out e-mail messages defending the inauguration. "The Board of Trustees and I chose to invest in a weeklong celebration to create positive publicity and foster goodwill in the communities we serve," Joseph said. "The funds we spent will help establish MassBay as one of the Commonwealth's premier community colleges."

-- James Vaznis

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