The Hormel Institute hires new Chief of Staff

Administrator joins Institute from Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

AUSTIN, Minn. – June 29, 2020 – In the midst of the COVID-19 quarantine, Elizabeth (Liz) Fedie joined The Hormel Institute University of Minnesota in May as the new Chief of Staff. Fedie came to The Hormel Institute from the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota on the Twin Cities campus, bringing broad grant administration and cancer research management experience.

“We are excited to have Liz join us to help guide and achieve the next era of progress for The Hormel Institute,” said Dr. Ann Bode, Interim Executive Director and previous Associate Director for The Hormel Institute.

“Her past experience and passion for developing a strong administrative foundation for faculty and staff will further our mission and expand the impact of The Hormel Institute’s cancer research.”

Fedie’s role at The Hormel Institute is to supervise administrative and operational activities at The Hormel Institute, under the direction of Dr. Bode and incoming Executive Director, Dr. Robert “Bob” Clarke who was hired last month and begins August 31. Fedie’s position as Chief of Staff at The Hormel Institute is new, with similar responsibilities previously under the supervision of Dr. Bode who has been at the Institute since 1999, serving as Assistant or Associate Director since 2001.

Fedie is originally from Nebraska and attended University of Minnesota, earning a bachelor’s degree in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development. After beginning her career in Dr. Lee Wattenberg’s lab, the world-renowned “Father of Chemoprevention,” Fedie discovered a passion for research administration and earned a master’s degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration.

Fedie held administrative leadership positions with the Center for Genome Engineering and the Brain Tumor Program and most recently, at the Masonic Cancer Center as the Research Development Manager.

“I look forward to this next chapter and hope to bring new, exciting and innovative ideas to support the promising research happening at The Hormel Institute,” said Fedie.