Kenneth Starr named Baylor president
Marv Knox, Associated Baptist Press
February 16, 2010

Kenneth Starr named Baylor president

Kenneth Starr named Baylor president
Marv Knox, Associated Baptist Press
February 16, 2010

WACO, Texas — Former

Whitewater special prosecutor and current Pepperdine University Law School Dean

Kenneth Starr has been named the 14th president of Baylor University.

Baylor’s board of regents elected

Starr unanimously on Feb. 12, upon the unanimous recommendation of both a

14-member search committee and a 10-member advisory committee for the

presidential search, according to a Baylor news release.

The world’s largest Baptist university will be led by the man whose

investigation of a 1980s Arkansas real-estate deal gone bad nearly brought down

the nation’s last Baptist president in 1998, with Congress’ failed attempt to

remove President Bill Clinton from office.

Starr will succeed John

Lilley, who was fired

for failing to “bring the Baylor family together” in July 2008. Lilley’s

two-year tenure followed the 10-year presidency of Robert Sloan, which was

marked by discord over the university’s future, specifically Baylor 2012, a

decade-long strategy. David Garland, dean of Baylor’s George W. Truett

Theological Seminary, has been interim president since August 2008.

Kenneth Starr

Starr, a Texas native with a background in the Churches of Christ, has been

dean of Pepperdine’s law school in Malibu, Calif., since 2004. He is a former

federal judge and solicitor general of the United States, and he remains

an attorney with the prominent Washington-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis.

He is a longtime member of McLean Bible Church in McLean, Va., a conservative, non-denominational

evangelical congregation in the Washington suburbs.

From 1994 to 1999, he was

independent counsel for five investigations, including the death of White House

counsel Vince Foster, the Whitewater real-estate dealings of Bill and Hillary

Clinton, and Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

His investigation resulted

in the Starr Report, which asserted Clinton lied about his affair with Lewinsky

in a sworn deposition. That allegation led to Clinton’s impeachment.

Starr was born in Vernon,

Texas, in 1946 and raised in San Antonio. His father was a Churches of Christ

minister, and Pepperdine is affiliated with the Churches of Christ.

He is a graduate of George

Washington University, Brown University and Duke University Law School.

Early in his career, Starr

clerked for Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David Dyer and U.S.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger.

He is the author of more

than 25 publications, including First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in

American Life.

According to the Waco

Tribune-Herald, Starr has said he will join a Baptist church upon moving to


(EDITOR’S NOTE — Knox is

editor of the Baptist Standard. ABP Managing Editor Robert Marus contributed to this story.)