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.
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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.