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Debra Teufel announces departure from GWEDC

Debra Teufel is leaving her position as vice president for business development with the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition.
Debra Teufel is leaving her position as vice president for business development with the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition. Courtesy photo

Debra Teufel is out as vice president of business development with the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition after accepting a position with the University of Oklahoma.

Teufel confirmed Monday afternoon that she has submitted her resignation after working in her current role at the coalition since 2008. Teufel said her last day will be Aug. 24 and she will start next month as director of public/private partnerships for the Price College of Business in Norman, Okla.

“This was an opportunity that came to me, and it all happened quickly,” Teufel said. “It’s an exciting opportunity to be able to go to a large research university that has some very interesting projects happening with an innovation campus similar to the development at Wichita State.”

Teufel worked two stints with the coalition, including serving as a project manager, and has worked in economic development leadership roles in Sumner and Cowley counties. Teufel is originally from Arkansas City.

“Debra has been with us for a long time, and she’s done a tremendous job,” said Jeff Fluhr of the Great Wichita Partnership, which oversees the coalition. “We’re sorry to see her go, but we understand that she’s leaving for a tremendous new opportunity.”

Fluhr said there are plans hire a replacement for Teufel but added that there is no timeline in place to fill the position.

Reach Bryan Horwath at 316-269-6708 or bhorwath@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @bryan_horwath.

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