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Andrus Center for Public Policy

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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 and public lands, proper funding of education for our children and the cultivation of leadership from all segments of our society.

2016 Andrus Lecture – Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks
October 18 at 6:00 PM
Simplot Ballrooms BD, Boise State Student Union

Join us as we welcome Jon Jarvis, the 18th Director of the National Park Service. Jarvis began his career with the National Park Service in 1976 as a seasonal interpreter in Washington, D.C. Today he manages that agency whose mission is to preserve America’s most treasured landscapes and cultural icons. Managing the National Park Service on the eve of its centennial in 2016, Jarvis has focused on several key areas that are critical for the future: enhancing stewardship of the places entrusted to the Service’s care; maximizing the educational potential of parks and programs; engaging new generations and audiences, and ensuring the welfare and fulfillment of National Park Service employees. The Andrus lecture is free and open to the public. View flyer here.


Women and Leadership is an annual conference that highlights female 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.

Environment and Public Lands

Wise use of our public lands and collaborative land-use decisions through stakeholder inclusive conversations are at the heart of the Andrus Center.  As former Secretary of the Interior, Cecil D. Andrus holds one of the greatest conservation records in American history.  In his words, “I remain hopeful that I will be able to pass on to my grandchildren all the pleasures of life in an unspoiled West. Perhaps hope should be replaced by a stronger word. It is a matter of obligation.”


The Andrus Center is a champion of public education. It is our goal to ensure our children can compete in an increasingly global economy.  This will be done through providing early leaning opportunities so all children entering kindergarten are ready for success, attracting and retaining qualified teachers by offering a competitive pay scale and rewarding experience, and by supporting post-secondary programs and public/private partnerships that foster a prepared workforce.

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 Andrus Center 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. Make an online Donation.