Kenneth Starr to speak at UNM School of Law, causing controversy

A University of New Mexico staff member is speaking out against the School of Law’s choice for an upcoming distinguished guest lecturer. He thinks Kenneth Starr, the controversial former president of Baylor University, is anything but distinguished. 

Kenneth Starr, the former president of Baylor University and the investigator into the Bill Clinton Administration, will be discussing his work at UNM School of Law, Nov 1. 

“When I saw that he was coming to lecture here, I was surprised and disappointed that any organization would touch the guy with a ten-foot pole anymore,” said Eric Vogler, an accountant at UNM.

Eric Vogler wrote a letter to the editor of the Daily Lobo explaining that Starr’s scandalous history should keep him from being a guest speaker at the only law school in New Mexico. 

“These are attorneys who are going to need to be ethical members of their profession someday, and I would think that any invited guest speaker should be an example of an ethical member of their profession,” said Vogler. 

Starr was forced to resign as president of Baylor in 2016 after a legal review found that the university mishandled several sexual assault cases. 

The report claimed university administration may have discouraged victims from reporting those assaults. 

Vogler says there’s no doubt Starr is an expert on the subject being discussed, but he explains his knowledge on the Clinton Investigation isn’t his problem. 

“The character of the guest speaker matters just as much as their expertise,” said Vogler. 

KRQE News 13 reached out to UNM, which said the incident is not something the university would comment on, but instead pointed us to the School of Law. KRQE contacted the law school multiple times but did not hear back. 

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