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Central Florida president to resign amid spending scandal

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.

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.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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