HANOVER, N.H. (AP) – A prominent Dartmouth College researcher has resigned as head of a computer institute as his wife faces court proceedings on charges that she embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from a California church.

Richard Granger came to Dartmouth in 2006 as the first director of the Neukom Institute of Computational Science at the Ivy League school.

Granger will continue to serve as a faculty member in Dartmouth’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and as director of the Brain Engineering Lab.

Lean Granger was arrested last month on charges of forgery and theft over five years involving a church in Newport Beach, California, where she was the bookkeeper and office manager. Richard Granger was a professor at the University of California, Irving.

After they left, authorities said the church discovered that $320,000 was missing.

Richard Granger has not been charged with any crime.

Lindsay Whaley, a professor of linguistics and cognitive studies, will oversee the institute until a new director is appointed.

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