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Director of OU's Institute for Quality Communities resigns
Modified: November 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm •  Published: November 27, 2013

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Institute director resigns

— Blair Humphreys, executive director of the University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities, has resigned so that he can oversee development of the Downtown Airpark for the Humphreys Co., an Oklahoma City-based development firm. Humphreys has been affiliated with the Institute for four years, serving as executive director for more than two years. “Blair Humphreys will be greatly missed as director of OU's Institute for Quality Communities,” OU President David Boren said. “He has done an outstanding job as the first director of the Institute. It is already having a great impact on communities, especially those in Oklahoma.” The institute offers a variety of academic programs and events, including overseeing the college's Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design degree program as well as the Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Great Plains Community Design Studios. Boren established the institute in 2008. An international search for a new executive director has commenced.

Lawton boosts schools, tourism

Lawton officials are counting on a pair of videos featuring the area's booming education system and robust tourism offerings to attract newcomers. The Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation produced the two community-focused videos, available at, in collaboration with local education and tourism leaders. “Education is a vital component of economic development,” said Phil Kennedy, the organization's chairman. “People who are relocating want to ensure that their children will receive a quality education. Companies that are relocating want to ensure that there is a well-educated and qualified workforce to support their mission.”

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