Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law, has been named the 14th president of Baylor University. The appointment is effective June 1.
Pepperdine president Andrew K. Benton congratulated Starr and thanked him for his five years of distinguished service to Pepperdine, saying, "Ken has had a tremendous impact on our students, the law school, and the Pepperdine community at large. 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."
A national search for the dean's replacement will begin soon. "We are in an excellent position for the future," said Benton. "In recent years, our nationally recognized School of Law has become even stronger adding several outstanding programs and new faculty to an impressive roster of excellent legal scholars. The quality of our students and applicants has never been higher and we are grateful for the tremendous support we have received from our alumni, faculty, donors, and friends."
Provost Darryl Tippens noted that Pepperdine's reputation among the nation's law schools has risen in recent years. "From working closely with our faculty and mentoring our students to hosting luminaries on campus and arguing prominent cases, Dean Starr's energy and enthusiasm have been inspiring. We look forward with optimism to building on the strong foundation he nurtured during his tenure at Pepperdine."
For Starr, who was born in Vernon, Texas, becoming president of Baylor University returns the former United States Solicitor General to his native state. "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. Working with Pepperdine students, faculty, and the law school's alumni has been one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences of our lives. We will be forever grateful for the many wonderful friendships, encouragement, and support we received while we have shared our lives with the Pepperdine community."
Pepperdine University School of Law is committed to its mission of providing highly qualified students with a superior legal education. The school seeks to prepare students for positions as counselors, advocates, and judges; as businesspersons; and as researchers, and teachers of the law.