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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 Childhood EducationSandra Day O'Connor

Join us February 11, 2015 as we welcome John Pepper, co-founder of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, one of the nation’s most successful mentoring and tutoring organizations. Pepper spent a 40 year career at Proctor & Gamble, including CEO and Chairman of the Board. He identified himself as a Capitalist for Preschool in a March 2013 NY Times editorial. Stay tuned to our Events page for details.


Politics for LunchSandra Day O'Connor

From legislative leaders to congressional representatives, from budgets to courts, to campus rape, if it’s happening in politics, it’s happening at “Politics for Lunch.” This popular weekly lecture series begins January 13. Attendance is free with an optional lunch available for $10. Due to legislative calendars, speakers are often confirmed with little notice. Check back frequently for details.


Conference on Women and LeadershipWomen and Leadership Conference

The second annual Conference on Women and Leadership reset the bar for success. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Admiral Michelle Howard and business titan Carla Harris of Morgan Stanley were just a few of the dozens of outstanding speakers. Women and men alike hailed the conference as “life-changing.” You can listen and download podcasts in our News section.


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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    Test Your CQ

    In a recent article, Dr. Adler commented on the “alarming deficit” in civic literacy. After

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    John V. Evans – A Good Friend

    John Evans was indeed a “good friend” to many.  Below are remembrances from both Governor

  • Jun 06 2014

    Andrus Reading List

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