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Andrus Center for Public Policy

Andrus Center for Public Policy
In 1995, former Idaho Governor and Secretary of the Interior, Cecil D. Andrus, founded the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University. His goal for the Center was to continue to nurture pragmatic, nonpartisan discussion of issues he championed throughout his career – education, environmental stewardship, and political leadership.


Early Learning in Idaho: Finding Common Ground

Like other states, Idaho is talking about early learning and school readiness. Communities around the state are trying new ways to help young children prepare for success in school and later life. Join us May 4 for a one-day dialogue engaging legislators, educators, parents, and the business community. Space is limited, registration is now open.  Program  (pdf)


Politics for Lunch

From legislative and local leaders to business and the environment, politics affects our daily lives. This popular weekly lecture series addresses current events and invites audience participation. Attendance is free with an optional lunch available for $12. Mayor Bieter will wrap up the season on Tuesday, April 21. Join us for Making Boise the Most Livable City in the Country. Reserve your seat with us at cathescott@boisestate.edu. Download this year’s schedule [.pdf] or listen to recent podcasts of previous lunches.


Conference on Women and LeadershipWomen and Leadership Conference

Mark your calendars now for September 9-11, 2015! The third annual Conference on Women and Leadership promises to be our best yet. Motivating and inspiring keynote speakers, fun and informative networking opportunities and – new this year – skill building sessions designed from your feedback. Sponsors are being contacted now. If your company is interested, contact Cathe Scott at (208) 426-3784.


About the Center

The Andrus Center has convened conferences, produced research and analysis and served as “common ground” for civil, serious discussion about public policy and some of the major issues of our times. The Andrus Center for Public Policy is dedicated to independent, non-partisan policy formation on critical issues confronting Idaho, the American West and the United States.

Annual Events

Events at the Andrus Center are organized on the principle that the responsibility of citizenship is not merely to participate, but to participate based on knowledge and information that form the basis for intelligent decisions. To that end, the Center organizes events that highlight independent, non-partisan engagement on critical issues confronting Idaho, the American West and the United States. View Annual Events.


Support the Center

The Andrus Center for Public Policy is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization within the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs at Boise State University. The Center is overseen by a volunteer Board of Governors with four term Idaho Governor, Cecil D. Andrus, serving as volunteer Chairman. If you enjoy what the Andrus Center has to offer then please consider a one-time, monthly or sustaining gift. Support the Center

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