The world's largest Baptist university announced Monday that Starr would be the Waco school's 14th president. The 63-year-old Starr has been the dean of Pepperdine University's School of Law in Malibu, Calif., since 2004.
Starr became a controversial figure as the prosecutor looking into the Whitewater land deal involving Clinton and his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was impeached but not convicted.
Starr replaces John M. Lilley, who was fired as Baylor's president in 2008.
The announcement on Baylor's Web site said Starr will be introduced Tuesday.