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Kenneth Starr leaving Pepperdine Law School to become Baylor president

http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/images/2009/03/05/ken_starr_ap_khue_bui_4.jpgFormer U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth W. Starr is leaving his position as dean of Pepperdine University Law School to become president of Baylor University, both schools announced Monday.

Starr, who investigated President Clinton during the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals and represented the backers of California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage during its state constitutional challenge last year, has been dean of the law school in Malibu for five years.

A Texas native, Starr will become the 14th president of Baylor, located in Waco. With the announcement of Starr's appointment effective June 1, Pepperdine President Andrew K. Benton announced the launch of a nationwide search for a new law school dean. 

“Ken has had a tremendous impact on our students, the law school and the Pepperdine community at large,” Benton said. “His leadership, his love of scholarship and his devotion to our students helped raise the national stature of our school, and we will benefit from the good he accomplished here for many years to come.”

Starr was not immediately available for comment.

-- Carol J. Williams

Photo: Kenneth Starr. Credit: Associated Press

Comments () | Archives (29)

I cannot forget that Mr. Starr authored the first pornographic 'reality' report for the United States Congress and the U.S. citizenry and then published the volume with taxpayer dollars. I wish him well at Baylor.

Starr is evil. He'll fit right in Texas.

well, depending on who they choose, Pepperdine may have an opportunity to start receiving donations again from those of us who vowed that they wouldn't see a DIME as long as that hateful cretin was in charge. he is a real stain on the integrity of what was an otherwise very good law school. it will take years to recover from the damage he did to their reputation...

Please reflect on this: he's leaving Malibu, CA for Waco, (or Wacko,) TX. Yea, let that sink in. I dare ya.

Welcome home Wac(k)o.

I am glad he is taking his hate somewhere else :).

Main thing is, he's leaving California. Not a moment too soon.

Raises the stature of both institutions, and a perfect fit with the other self-righteous souls in Jerusalem-on-the-Brazos, that vortex of hypocrisy just a stone's throw from Crawford. So a hearty bye, bye and good riddance to the guy who helped the Mormons and other so-called "Christians" take rights away from California citizens with the despicable Prop 8.

I live in Dallas. Please don't send Starr back to Texas! Keep him in California. It's bad enough that Bush is here!

Looks like Baylor found what they were looking for in the scum at the bottom of the barrel!

I am with you, Marty, and as a Baylor alum I am shocked and appalled by this decision.

I will not be sorry to see Kenneth Starr leave California. His incredibly expensive (over $40 million), politically motivated investigation of President Clinton did absolutely no good, and helped to exacerbate the partisan divide that is now crippling Washington. I hate to think that he influenced any student toward his way of approaching the law. Pepperdine will do better with almost any other qualified dean.


So, the Bailer goes WACO!


Is dancing still banned at Baylor? Ken Starr finally found an institution more conservative than Pepperdine. Adios Amigo!

Any man dumb enough to move from Malibu to Waco
isn't smart enough to run a school.

I am glad he is leaving CA.

He'll fit right in over there in Texas.
All republican money wasters such as this should be exiled to Texas!
Thanks Baylor, and good luck.

The most important vacancy in education in America is USC.

The best choice is right under our collective noses.

It is time to look to Mike Garrett to lead USC as its next President.

Look at his qualifications:

Heisman Trophy winner.
Law degree. Former prosecutor. Superlative executive skills. Can recruit big time talent. Great fund raiser. Thick skinned. Not a very good public speaker.

As a USC parent of almost 30 years standing, I think I have a stake in this. I would support Mike Garrett and so would most of the USC community.

Posting tonight from Telluride, Colorado.

I think it is great that he is leaving LA, and I know there are others that feel the same way.

Good riddance. I never understood why a West Coast university would have hired and retained Kenneth Starr. He will fit in well at Baylor University in miserable Southern-Baptist-dominated Waco, Texas.

thank god he is gone.

Starr is a slightly more intellectual version of Karl Rove.

Begone, Starr!

You can readily see that Kenny is doing all the right things to insure his nomination as the Republican presidential candidate in the next election.

By reaching far enough into the barrel, Baylor got what it wanted as well.

I urge all to research "Kip Mckean," the founder of the organization that was so wildly successful that they had enough money to buy Pepperdine University.

One of the requirements to hold the kind of office Mr. Starr had was to hold a high place in the organization founded by Kip Mckean. It's on the Pepperdine web site.

If everyone knew how all this works it wouldn't work so well.

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