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Is Kenneth Starr The Right Choice to Head Baylor University?

By: Mike George Email
By: Mike George Email

Kenneth Starr's choice as President of Baylor University has raised some eyebrows and and has caused some to ask questions. One of them is Rice University sociologist and author of "Faith in the Halls of Power" Michael Lindsay.

Lindsay, who is a Baylor alumnus and interviewed Starr and 360 other evangelical leaders for "Faith in the Halls of Power," said that it's unusual that the flagship university of Southern Baptists has named someone who has never been a member of a Baptist church.

However, Lindsay said that while Starr has had a controversial past, he has the right disposition to lead an institution that has been as contentious as Baylor over the past decade.

Lindsay provided the following statement on Starr's selection to president of Baylor University:

"The best leaders are ones who were born for their moment in an institution’s history. Both Baylor and Ken Starr have weathered significant public storms in recent decades, and they both will try to put that into the past. But I think sunnier days are ahead. I interviewed Judge Starr and studied his career as part of my research, and I think he has the right disposition to lead Baylor during this season.

"Time will tell if he is the figure that can unite Baylor’s fractured constituencies, and by choosing a non-Baptist, Baylor’s board has taken a bit of a gamble that could further alienate some alumni and friends. But I expect this gamble will pay off well for the flagship Baptist institution."


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