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Introducing Judge Ken Starr, 14th President of Baylor University

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Judge Ken Starr On Monday, February 15, 2010 Baylor University announced that Kenneth Winston Starr, J.D., dean of the School of Law at Pepperdine University, had been named the 14th president of Baylor University. Judge Starr was the unanimous choice of both the 14-member Presidential Search Committee and the 10-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee, and was elected unanimously by the Baylor Board of Regents on February 12, 2010.

Judge Starr was introduced to the campus community by Regents Chair R. Dary Stone, J.D. '77, at a university-wide meeting in the Bill Daniel Student Center on the Baylor campus at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16. An archive video of the introduction is available at

Born in Vernon, Texas, and raised in San Antonio, Judge Ken Starr has had a distinguished career in academia, the law and public service. For the past 6 years, he has served as The Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University, teaching current constitutional issues and civil procedure. He also is of counsel to the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a partner from 1993 to 2004, specializing in appellate work, antitrust, federal courts, federal jurisdiction and constitutional law.

After graduating from San Antonio's Sam Houston High School, Judge Starr earned his B.A. from George Washington University; his M.A. from Brown University; and his J.D. from Duke University Law School. He is admitted to practice law in California, the District of Columbia, Virginia and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Starr taught Constitutional Law for over 12 years as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, and he was a distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University School of Law in Fairfax, Virginia and Chapman Law School in Orange, California. He served 6 years as United States Circuit Court of Appeals Judge for the District of Columbia; 4 years as Solicitor General of the United States during which time he argued 25 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court; and Independent Counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from 1994 to 1999.

Judge Starr is the author of more than 25 publications including the 2002 critically acclaimed First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life. He has received a multitude of honors and awards, including the J. Reuben Clark Law Society 2005 Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 Capital Book Award, the Jefferson Cup award from the FBI, the Edmund Randolph Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Justice and the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service.