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UPDATE: UCF Accepts Resignation of President Dale Whittaker over Funding Misappropriation Scandal

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Whittaker had been on the job only seven months.

UCF President Dale Whittaker
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UPDATE: The UCF Board of Trustees voted 7-3 on Thursday to accept the resignation of Dr. Dale Whittaker as President of the University.

Vice Provost Thad Seymour will serve as interim president. A search for the university’s next president will begin immediately.

UCF President Dale Whittaker offered his resignation to the university’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday in the wake of a state investigation into the school administration’s misuse of $85 million in funds.

Whittaker announced the news via Twitter:

Reaction from local leaders:

While the fallout from this will in all likelihood continue, it remains to be seen how it will affect UCF’s athletic department.

Whittaker, like his predecessor John Hitt, was a fervent supporter of the UCF Knights’ athletic program and was very active within the student community.

So far, no official word from the UCF Athletic Department has been released.

The Board of Trustees has yet to formally accept Whittaker’s resignation. However, it is expected the university will begin its search for a new president immediately.

This story has been updated.