A Florida House committee meeting on the misuse of improper funds by the University of Central Florida, in which President Dale Whittaker, former President John Hitt and other university employees were expected to testify Tuesday afternoon, was canceled.
The Public Integrity and Ethics Committee is currently continuing the Board of Governors' initial investigation into the university’s decision to use state education and general funds to construct Trevor Colbourn Hall.
On Feb. 6, the committee unanimously voted to subpoena 13 current and former UCF employees, including former Board of Trustees Chairman Marcos Marchena, and former Chief Financial Officer Bill Merck, along with Whittaker and Hitt.
Testimony was set for Tuesday, but that has now been delayed.
“In the interest of fairness to all, the committee postponed Tuesday’s meeting in order for investigators to complete their work and give committee members the opportunity to study and digest the information gathered,” a statement from Fred Piccolo, director of communications for the Florida House, said.
According to the Committee Meeting Notice on the Florida House website, the meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. was amended Monday evening around 8 p.m. to be canceled.
The meeting has not been set for a new time and date, but “will be rescheduled as soon as possible,” according to the statement.