“The captain goes down with the ship.”
No apter words could Ken Starr have said as he resigned as Baylor University chancellor Wednesday.
In an interview with ESPN, he described his resignation as a “matter of conscience.”
Which is understandable, considering. Last week, Baylor’s board of regents removed him as president after an external report called the school’s response to reports of campus sexual violence a failure.
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Starr will continue to teach law on campus.
It will be a hard road for Baylor to get back in the public’s good graces once again, but it will be easier without Starr’s shadow.
Although the chancellor at Baylor is more of a figurehead than a captain when it comes to operating power, it will help Baylor “put this horrible experience behind us,” as Starr told ESPN.
Baylor needs untarnished leaders.
Plenty of staunch supporters will remain strongly behind the university, but the new captain will have to make a fresh start. Starr as chancellor would be a bad memory.