Less than a year into his tenure, University of Central Florida President Dale Whittaker is resigning from his position amid a spending scandal at the Orlando-based school.

UND President Mark Kennedy had interviewed for the president's position at Central Florida last year and was one of four finalists for the job. UCF's Board of Trustees, which oversees the school, ultimately decided to give the position to Whittaker, who had served as UCF provost for several years.

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Whittaker sent his resignation letter to the UCF Board of Trustees on Tuesday amid investigations into the misuse of almost $85 million for construction projects, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

In 2018, Florida's auditor general reported the university had used $38 million from leftover state operating funds to build a new academic hall, which violates state rules, the Orlando Sentinel reported.