Boise State University has named professor John Freemuth executive director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy.
According to a news release:
Freemuth was most recently the center’s senior fellow for environment and public lands. He teaches environmental policy and administration in the university’s School of Public Service.
“John Freemuth has been an important part of our environment and public lands work over the past 20 years,” said Cecil D. Andrus, the former Idaho governor and U.S interior secretary, for whom the center is named. Andrus cited Freemuth’s “commitment to collaborative policy development based on sound science and broad public involvement.”
Freemuth has published research on the relationship between science and public policy involving public lands. He has been a principal investigator for the U.S. Geological Survey, chairman of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, 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,” Freemuth said in the release. “Our contribution to the discussion surrounding public lands is needed now more than ever.”
The center is a nonprofit within the School of Public Service at Boise State. It hosts events on policy issues, the Andrus Award for Leadership, the Andrus Lecture and the upcoming Women and Leadership Conference.