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Andrus Center for Public Policy

The Andrus Center for Public Policy advances the legacy issues of former Idaho Governor and Secretary of the Interior, Cecil D. Andrus — wise use of our environmental resources, proper funding of education for our children and the cultivation of leadership from all segments of our society.

Politics for Lunch

This popular bi-weekly lecture series runs January through April and addresses federal, state, and local issues ranging from education funding, to tax policy, to environmental regulation, to community development.  Our informal structure encourages dialogue between speakers and attendees.  Lunch and lecture $12; lecture $5. Join us Friday, February 12 as we discuss National Issues Facing Women and Children with Lisa Maatz.  Maatz is the Vice President of Government Relations for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). 2016 Schedule. RSVP to

Conference on Women and Leadership


Women and Leadership is an annual conference that highlights women leaders across a variety of fields – from the military to the boardroom and from the arts to high tech. Women and men attend keynote speeches, skill builder workshops, and networking sessions – all designed to create better leaders and promote gender balance. Mark your calendar now for September 14 and 15, 2016.

Early Learning in Idaho: Finding Common Ground

The Andrus Center for Public Policy and the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy presented this one day symposium in May 2015. Presenters juxtaposed the importance of early brain development to lifelong learning with the lack of state funding for early learning programs.  The conference also detailed proven legislative models from both Utah and Mississippi. A white paper will soon be available here.

About the Center

The Andrus Center provides a nationally respected forum for addressing vital public policy issues of our time. Our well attended events highlight independent, nonpartisan engagement 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 facilitate discussion and policy formation on our legacy issues — wise use of our environmental resources, proper funding of education for our children, and the cultivation of leadership from all segments of our society. View Annual Events.

Support the Center

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