Boise policy wonks will have a new class to sign up for: Former House Speaker Bruce Newcomb will begin teaching a class at Boise State in, what else, political science, starting next year. The Burley Republican has lectured to classes before, said Boise State President Bob Kustra, but the school recently found a way to bring him on more full-time.
"We've decided to put him to work," Kustra said.
No kidding. Newcomb, in addition to teaching, will also help Boise State's lobbying efforts, Kustra said.
He should have plenty of war stories to spice up lectures. Newcomb, who is married to Celia Gould, the director of the state Department of Agriculture, has been around long enough to see a few good dustups with various interest groups and lawmakers. He'll speak to undergraduate and graduate students, and will team-teach some courses in the departments of Political Science and Public Policy and Administration. Newcomb retired in 2006 from the Idaho House of Representatives after 20 years of service, eight of them as speaker.
"We are thrilled that Speaker Newcomb is going to lecture in several of our MPA classes," said Les Alm, chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration.