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House panel: UCF misused $85M for building projects

Posted: 10:30 AM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-14 14:30:16Z
Floor in the UCF Student Union atrium

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state House panel investigation has found that the University of Central Florida misappropriated $85 million over several years for building projects, a probe that led to the resignation of the Orlando school's president.

An investigative report released Thursday by the Public Integrity and Ethics Committee concluded that Florida's largest university routinely shifted money intended for other education purposes into the projects. About 68,000 students attend UCF according to the school's website.

Committee chairman Rep. Tom Leek of Daytona Beach says the practice was a breach of public trust. Former UCF President Dale Whittaker resigned last month amid the investigation.

New interim President Thad Seymour says UCF acknowledges its mistakes but is committed to making changes to improve accountability and bring the focus back to educating students.