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Pepperdine Fills Job Starr Passed

May 12, 1998

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) _ The top job at the Pepperdine University School of Law _ passed up by Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr _ has been given to the professor who has been in charge for the past year.

Richardson R. Lynn, interim dean of the School of Law since May 1997, was appointed permanent dean on Tuesday.

Starr announced in February 1997 that he would join Pepperdine as dean of both the law school and the new public policy school. Facing a barrage of criticism, he quickly reversed course and said he would stay until the investigation into President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was completed.

Last month, Starr withdrew completely, saying his work had ``expanded considerably and the end is not yet in sight.″

James R. Wilburn was then named permanent dean of Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy. He had been serving as interim dean pending Starr’s arrival.

Starr’s appointment was controversial because a persistence critic of the president, Richard Mellon Scaife, provided financial assistance to the school.

Democrats charged Starr had a financial and political conflict in accepting the deanship. The university said that Scaife had no part in Starr’s selection as dean.

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