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Boise State Names David Adler Director of Andrus Center for Public Policy

By:    Published 8:53 am / April 26, 2012

Boise State has announced the appointment of David Adler as director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy. Since 1995, the Andrus Center has provided a forum for independent, non-partisan policy discussions on critical issues in Idaho and the American West.

Adler has served as the James A. McClure Professor and director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho since 2010. Prior to that, he was a political science professor at Idaho State University, where he taught courses on the Constitution, the presidency and the Bill of Rights. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a doctorate from the University of Utah.

With this renewed affiliation, the Andrus Center will collaborate with Boise State’s College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs to conduct public policy conferences, forums and research, expanding its programming to leverage Adler’s expertise in the Constitution, civic engagement and education, political civility and the American presidency, where he has a national and international reputation as a scholar.

“A great and important partnership has been formed with Boise State to provide a sustainable future and an expanded mission for the center that will feature both quality programs and worldwide scholarship,” said Cecil D. Andrus, former four-term Idaho governor and U.S. secretary of the interior. “The relationship opens many doors that will enhance public programming and make the center a premier source of teaching and learning on a variety of public affairs topics.”

“With our designation by the State Board of Education as Idaho’s public affairs university, Dr. Adler’s appointment allows us to realize the full extent of our public affairs mission,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra. “It not only recognizes the contributions Cecil Andrus has made to his state and nation, but it also allows us to carry out our public affairs mandate with the leadership of such a distinguished teacher, author, lecturer and administrator as Dr. Adler.”

“My life’s work has been devoted to a deeper understanding of the public policy challenges that shape the future and quality of life for all Americans,” Adler said. “The chance to contribute to the Andrus Center, whose namesake exemplified a common sense, problem-solving approach, is a wonderful opportunity.”

Adler is widely accomplished as the recipient of teaching, civic and writing awards. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles, essays and book chapters and has published five books, with two more coming out in 2013. Adler has been the guest lecturer at more than 30 colleges and universities, and delivered more than 500 public lectures on a variety of constitutional and governance issues.

“Boise State is fortunate to attract such a prestigious and well-respected individual in David Adler to lead the Andrus Center,” said Melissa Lavitt, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs. “The center magnifies our public affairs role in Idaho, enhances our research capabilities and provides a robust program for students to serve as interns and graduate assistants.”

With its location in Idaho’s capital city, the Andrus Center for Public Policy has convened conferences, produced research and analysis, and hosted discussions on issues such as the environment, wildland fire policy, water resources, journalism and public policy, national security, civil liberties and rural development. The center has been instrumental in bringing top national environmental and natural resources leaders, current and former members of Congress, nationally prominent journalists and business leaders to Idaho. Marc C. Johnson will continue to serve as the volunteer president of the Andrus Center.