Ida began her career in higher education over 24 years ago. Having held positions responsible for assessment, curriculum, retention, in 2015, she was appointed to the current position of Dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Bethune-Cookman University. As a 1984 graduate of Mainland High School, “Lucy” as she is affectionately called by friends and family, felt the need to share her expertise, passion for academic excellence and equal access. She was motivated to represent District 2 on the Volusia County School Board. On January, 2013, Ida was sworn in to became the first African American female to be elected to Volusia County School Board and on August, 2016 was re-elected to continue to represent District 2. Because of her compassion to empower others, assertive leadership style and garnering the respect by her peers throughout the state, she continues to serve on the Florida School Board Association Board of Directors since 2017. Ida has a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of Central Florida and a MBA, with a concentration in Management from Stetson University.
Ida continues to be actively engaged in her community through her entrepreneurial endeavors, iAM Wright Construction, LLC and Innovation Station, LLC. She continues to be a servant leader, as the current president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Mu Omega Chapter; associate member, Daytona Beach Area Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc.; member of Daytona Beach Chapter of The Links, Inc., and board member of The Wanda and Janice Wilson Foundation and PAInT. She is an active member of Divine Deliverance Ministries, Nondenominational Church. Over the past seven years, Ida has been the recipient of several honors and awards in the areas of Leadership and Education. A proud wife of 23 years to Arthur Wright and together they are the proud parents of two adult sons, Reginald and Wesley and her pride, her grandson, Reginald Wesley. As a firm believer of the Nigerian Igbo and Yoruba proverb that “it takes a whole village to raise a child”, she further believes it takes that same village to continually foster an environment conducive to raise happy and healthy children.