A Research Focus
Lodi Price works to help advance University of Idaho’s research mission
Lodi Price’s first job at the University of Idaho was in support of research.
Price was hired in 2001 to help operationalize a grant for what later became known as the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program.
“Here’s your empty office, order your computer, make the grant go,” she remembers being told about the program charged with increasing biomedical research at higher education institutions across Idaho.
It’s those roots that Price is returning to as the new director of research administration and finance operations in the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED). Recently appointed, Price is returning to the office after three years in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.
“I’m happiest to be back in the research support environment and to be on the team that’s been built and led by Vice President (Janet) Nelson,” Price said.
In her new role, Price oversees financial operations and human resources for the office, and serves to facilitate various projects within ORED from her office on the fourth floor of Morrill Hall. She will be integral to achieving ORED’s goal points in the strategic plan – specifically increasing U of I’s research expenditures to $160 million by 2025.
“This is a new position within ORED,” said Janet Nelson, vice president of research and economic development. “I am delighted to add Lodi to our team and her talents in project management and strategic planning will provide strong stewardship for our investments in the research enterprise.”
“It’s exciting to see people doing things that makes a difference in the world, and being behind the scenes helping make that happen,” Price said.
Research wasn’t exactly top of mind when Price originally enrolled at U of I as a student. She completed her undergraduate degree in clothing, textiles and design from the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 1990. She also earned a Master of Public Administration as an employee of the university in 2008.
It’s Price’s love of science, however, that sparked her initial desire to join ORED, something that has shone through in every position she’s had at U of I. Prior to her time in the Provost’s Office, Price served as manager in the Department of Chemistry from 2006-08 and executive assistant to the vice president of ORED from 2008-14.
“I like science, I like math, I like seeing what makes the world go,” Price said. “I like knowing how things work.”
It’s through research-centered positions that Price feels she’s also had the most impact. She’s most proud of her efforts to contribute to the research mission as laid out in the university’s strategic plan through projects like the year and a half she spent on the design team that helped envision the Integrated Research and Innovation Center on campus. She’s also excited to have developed a summer fellowship program for students to come to U of I.
Price wants to be a resource and to help folks in the office meet their goals through her new post directing the administration and finance operations of the office. She touts the strong team that supports ORED’s great work.
“It’s a team that clearly knows their stuff independently,” she said, “and works very diligently together to meet the goals of our strategic plan.”