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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.


Conference on Women and LeadershipWomen and Leadership Conference

Our conference combines inspirational speakers, breakout sessions that focus on specific interests, and “Networking with a Purpose,” where participants have the chance to work with each other while visiting organizations that help support and promote professional women. Podcasts are available of the 2014 conference.


Andrus Award for Political LeadershipSandra Day O'Connor

In 2013, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor became the second recipient of the Andrus Award. Justice O’Connor was a trailblazer for women in the legal field, serving as the first female Justice on the Supreme Court. Her courage was not only based on her gender but in later years for often having the swing opinion.


Freedom of the Press LectureSandra Day O'Connor

Our Freedom of the Press Lecture is held annually to highlight the important role that a free press plays in a democracy. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Charlie Savage, delivered the inaugural address, National Security and Freedom of the Press in March 2014.


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.


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.

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