The School of Public Service is saddened to learn of the passing of Governor Cecil D. Andrus, who passed away Thursday evening.
Governor Andrus, called “Idaho’s Greatest Governor” in a recent biography, made innumerable contributions to the State of Idaho and to our nation. His list of accomplishments includes serving as Idaho Governor for fourteen years, the most in our history. He also served as United States Secretary of Interior, becoming the first Idahoan to serve in a United States cabinet position.
Governor Andrus was well-liked and respected, even by many who disagreed with his policies. Despite his patience, competence and commitment to bipartisanship and compromise when possible, Governor Andrus cared passionately about issues and worked tirelessly to pass important legislation. He was perhaps most known for his commitment to preserving and protecting our natural resources and public lands. He was also dedicated to public education and to empowering leaders from underrepresented communities.
While Governor Andrus’ legacy is immeasurable, the School of Public Service is particularly grateful for his work establishing the Andrus Center for Public Policy. The Andrus Center advances his legacy by championing 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.
A permanent exhibit honoring Governor Andrus will be housed in the Andrus Center in the new School of Public Service building. The building is currently in planning stages.
School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook said, “The issues that Governor Andrus worked on as a governor and member of the cabinet are just as relevant today as they were during his time in office. His rare combination of passion and civility serves as a model for current and future leaders. Governor Andrus got things done and he got things done the right way.”
In memory of Cecil D. Andrus, Idaho’s four-term governor, U.S. Interior secretary, and champion for the environment, public lands, and education, the Andrus family requests memorial gifts be made to the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, which is dedicated to furthering his life’s work and legacy.