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Soon after Gov. Sam Brownback introduced Jim Mann as the state's new chief information technology officer Monday, reporters starting questioning Mann's qualifications. Mann lists a business administration degree from the University of Devonshire, which is unaccredited and considered a diploma mill by higher education organizations. Sherriene Jones-Sontag, a spokeswoman for Brownback, dismissed the concern, saying that Mann was hired for the $150,000-a-year position based on his "20 years of top-flight private sector experience," not based on his degree. But Tuesday Mann resigned, saying that the questions had compromised confidence in him and his integrity.

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