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Big news—just heard though the grapevine: Baylor University will announce later today that Kenneth Starr is taking over as the school’s new president.
As a Baylor graduate, I can tell you that Mr. Starr and his backers on the Board of Regents have made a mistake. Pepperdine may be suitable for him, but Baylor and Texas Baptists are not: they are far too diverse and open than he and his backers believe. Chaos, followed by a no-confidence faculty vote are looming. Baylor will not become another Liberty University.
I think my degree just lost some value.
I have no vested interest in Baylor, and I think well of Kenneth Starr. However, given Mr. Starr’s most prominent past association in the public mind, doesn’t this serve to tie evangelicalism even more closely to a particular political party?
Starr’s credentials as a legal scholar, and his experience are exactly what Baylor needs. it looks like Baylor 2012 is here to stay!
Mr. Starr is an exceptional, and highly accomplished, lawyer and legal scholar. Furthermore, he’s done a very good job at Pepperdine Law. This is a very interesting, and good, hire by Baylor. If I were about to enter my senior year of high school, or researching law schools again, Baylor would definitely have moved up on my list.
As a Baylor alum, I must come out and state unequivocally that church of Christ doctrine is heretical from a Baptist point of view and has no place in a Baptist university. I don’t give a hang about his political past, his theology disqualifies him.
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Agree with Ryan Young’s comment, first, and second fervently hope that Clyde’s correct about a no-confidence vote. When I started at Baylor in 93 it was a place devoted to a liberal education within a conservative tradition; seems like every big change since Herb Reynolds’s departure has bee another step down a road to some ugly combination of Liberty U, Regent U, and a vo-tech business and law school. A sad emblem of the advancing sclerosis of the Protestant intellect in his country.
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My wife & I, my brother, and 2 sisters-in-law are Baylor grads. My daughter was accepted to BU, but has recently decided to get a broader education. This hiring is a sort of confirmation of her wisdom. Future fundraisers will fall on deaf ears.
I hope Kenn Starr will endure a full term, and, create a confluence of good thingps for Baylor. I hope regents continue to forge concensus in discerning appropriate leadership. If another presidential selection fails you may consider your abilities as a team, regents.
It is utterly absurd to say that getting a national level legal talent like Ken Starr takes Baylor down a level. How the heck long was Judge Abner McCall the president at Baylor????
I have a very negative view of Ken Starr and the political person he represents. Why would Baylor choose such a figure and educate young people under this banner? Drop my alum status and forget sending the kids there.
This is a very disappointing development. The level of cruelty leveled at Susan McDougal during the Whitewater investigation to extract information bordered on torture. I will never recommend Baylor to anyone I know, and will actually actively discourage anyone who may be considering a Christian College.
Possible insight into Mr. Starr– scuttlebutt from Pepperdine is the guy has been known to be a screamer. Let’s hope that is only a rumor and not true. To be in the hierarchy of Pepperdine you are expected to be a Church of Christ member. Mr. Starr only marginally fit that catagory when he came to Pepperdine–in his youth he attended Church of Christ. He may be a chamillion when it comes to religious beliefs. Pepperdine is considered very conservative politically, where Baylor has a more moderate reputation. This may not be a marriage made in heaven, and a not a plus for Baylor.