UCF approves paying former president $600,000 for departure

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By: Associated Press
March 22, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The University of Central Florida has agreed to pay its former president $600,000 as part of a departure settlement.

The university's Board of Trustees on Thursday approved the one-time payment for Dale Whittaker. The school said in a statement that the payment would come from private funding, not state dollars.

Whittaker resigned last month to appease state lawmakers and education officials upset about the school using tens of millions of dollars in operating funds to pay for construction in violation of state rules.

UCF trustees voted to end payments worth $330,000 to Whittaker's predecessor, John Hitt, who was president when operating money was used to construct a building for classrooms and study rooms.

The trustees agreed to let Thad Seymour stay on as interim president until someone permanent is named.

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