BOISE -- Former Idaho State University Professor and KTVB political analyst Dr. David Adler has been named the Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University.

The Andrus Center for Public Policy is dedicated to independent, non-partisan policy discussions on critical issues in Idaho and the American West.

In his new role, Adler will oversee the center's programming, which includes hosting discussions on issues such as the environment,journalism, public policy, American government, as well as conducting research and analysis.

In a news release, Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra said Adler was the right man to carry on the rich legacy of former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus, then center's namesake.

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, Kustra said.

Adler says he's honored to accept the job.

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.

Starting in 2010, Adler served as the James A. McClure Professor and the director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho. 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.

Adler earned a bachelor s degree from Michigan State University and a doctorate from the University of Utah.

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