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Dean of University Center-Rapid City fired

RAPID CITY (AP) — The dean of the University Center in Rapid City has been fired and officials won't say why until a report is published.

South Dakota Board of Regents Executive Director Jack Warner told the Rapid City Journal Craig Johnson was fired this week, after a hearing with the board and Black Hills State University President Kay Schallenkamp.

"He had a hearing with the president and told his end of it and the board took action to terminate him," Warner said Friday.

Johnson was suspended on Aug. 7.

Warner said he will be able to release details on what led to Johnson's termination when he receives an official report. He expects that to be available in about a week.

A working telephone number for Johnson couldn't immediately be found Saturday.

Johnson took over as dean in October 2011, replacing the retiring dean, Dean Myers. Johnson previously worked as vice president for community engagement at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y.

A search will begin for a permanent director for the University Center "as soon as possible," Warner said.

Meanwhile, Sid Goss, professor emeritus at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, has been named interim dean of the University Center-Rapid City.

The 60,000-square-foot University Center-Rapid City opened in April 2011, centralizing satellite courses from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Dakota State University in Madison and Northern State University in Aberdeen.