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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.


Public Lands

The legislative Interim Committee on Public Lands was tasked to investigate the process of Idaho title to, and control of, public lands currently controlled by the federal government within Idaho’s boundaries. On January 20th the committee published its final report. Come hear co-chair Chuck Winder talk about the committee’s majority opinion that the economics of such a move might make sense – over time – but the litigious route to stake a claim would be time consuming and expensive with little certainty as to outcome. What’s next? Come hear Sen. Winder
speak at Politics for Lunch on March 4.


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. Chuck Winder, Assistant Minority Leader of the Senate, will be our next guest on March 4. 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

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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  • Jun 06 2014

    Andrus Reading List

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