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Ex-University Center dean was convicted in Arizona

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RAPID CITY (AP) -- The dean of the University Center in Rapid City was fired after being convicted of a felony in Arizona.

South Dakota Board of Regents Executive Director Jack Warner says Craig D. Johnson was convicted Aug. 5 in Bisbee, Ariz., for making unauthorized use of organization funds while serving as treasurer of the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators.

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Its only employee, Joyce Gossom, told the Rapid City Journal Johnson was accused in May 2012 of taking about $30,000 and most of it has been repaid.

He was sentenced to probation.

Warner says Black Hills State University learned of the matter Aug. 7 from a court officer.

He says the Regents immediately sent a team of auditors to the University Center but found no irregularities.

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