Professor Freemuth will work to build on Andrus Center’s legacy of public lands scholarship and leadership
BOISE – Dr. John Freemuth is the new Executive Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy. Dr. Freemuth has a long track record of service for the Andrus Center, most recently as Senior Fellow for Environment and Public Lands. Professor Freemuth also teaches Environmental Policy and Administration in Boise State’s School of Public Service.
Dr. Freemuth has published extensively on the relationship between science and public policy, particularly as it relates to public lands. As principal investigator for the United States Geological Survey, he has worked to improve the policy utility of GAP Analysis, Species Modeling and Protected Area data. He was also selected by former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit to chair the Science Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management. He also has been a high school teacher and seasonal park ranger.
“Wallace Stegner once said that the battlegrounds of the environmental movement lie in the western public lands,” said Dr. Freemuth. “Our contribution to the discussion surrounding public lands is needed now more than ever. I look forward to building on the work that has already been done here, which is an important and ongoing aspect of the legacy of Governor Andrus in protecting and supporting access to the public lands of the United States for all Americans”
“John Freemuth has been an important part of our environment and public lands work over the past 20 years,” said Andrus Center Chairman Cecil D. Andrus. “His commitment to collaborative policy development based on sound science and broad public involvement make him the ideal individual to lead our efforts going forward.”
The Andrus Center provides a nationally-respected forum for addressing today’s public policy issues. The Center focuses on issues championed by former Idaho Governor and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Cecil D. Andrus: environmental resources, public lands and the cultivation of leadership from all segments of society.
In addition to hosting events pertaining to the environment, public lands, water, and mineral resources, the Andrus Center also hosts the Andrus Award for Leadership, The Andrus Lecture and the upcoming Women and the Leadership Conference. Governor Andrus continues to serve as the Center’s chair.