Baylor’s choice of Starr was a surprise to many

The former Whitewater special prosecutor
The initial Baptist reaction to the choice of a controversial national political figure to serve as president of Baylor University has ranged from enthusiastic to skeptical.

The mid-February news that Kenneth Starr, 63, former Whitewater special prosecutor and current dean of Pepperdine University Law School, would head the world’s largest Baptist educational institution took virtually all observers by surprise. Leaders officially connected to the school, its independent alumni association and the Baptist General Convention of Texas generally expressed support.

BGCT president David Lowrie ac know ledged that when he first heard the news, “it caught me off guard.” But after meeting Starr at a gathering of Texas Baptist leaders, Lowrie said, “He impressed me as a genuine Christian gentleman, a scholar, very articulate and very committed to applying Christian values to the challenges faced in Chris tian higher education.”


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