Pepperdine University Monday announced a nationwide search for a law school dean after Kenneth Starr revealed he's leaving the post to become president of Baylor University in his native Texas.
As the U.S. independent counsel during the administration of Bill Clinton his investigations of the president led to impeachment after Clinton was found to have lied under oath about the Monica Lewinsky affair. A few years after leaving as the independent counsel, Starr took the job at Pepperdine in Malibu (he had been offered it in the 1990s but turned down the seaside school as the Lewinsky scandal took shape).
"While I look forward to the honor of serving as Baylor's next president, my wife Alice and I know how much we will miss Pepperdine,'' Starr stated. "Working with Pepperdine students, faculty, and the law school's alumni has been one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences of our lives.''
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While at Pepperdine last year, Starr joined the defense of California's same-sex marriage ban as it went to court in 2008, stating that Prop. 8 "does not erode any of the bundle of rights that this state has very generously provided." Rather, it "restores the traditional definition of marriage," he said.