‘As a Matter of Conscience’: Ken Starr Resigns as Chancellor Amid Baylor Sex Scandal
Ken Starr has already lost his presidential status at Baylor University, but today, he resigned as chancellor as the fallout continues for his supposed mishandling of a scandal thats rocked the school.
“I have a called from the outset of the Pepper Hamilton inquiry for full transparency. I hope the Baylor University Board of Regents will move forward with full transparency,” Starr said on ESPN’s Outside the Lines. “But as each day goes by that need becomes more and more pressing, so as a matter of conscience as I have submitted my resignation.”
The lawyer-turned-academic administrator said that his decision was effective immediately, but he will remain at the school as a law professor. The decision comes after reports and investigations placed mounting pressure on the school after years of accusations that they did not adequately address sexual assault allegations against members of their football team.
The development is an ironic twist for Starr, seeing as how he first entered the public eye as the investigative leader into Bill Clinton‘s affair with Monica Lewinsky. ESPN reported that Ian McCaw has resigned as Baylor’s athletic director, football coach Art Briles has suspended with a reported intent by the school to fire him, and several other officials have lost their jobs already.
“We need to put this horrible experience behind us. We need to be honest,” Starr said. “I have to and I willingly do accept responsibility. The captain goes down with the ship.”
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