Pepperdine University Law School Dean Kenneth W. Starr is leaving the California-based university and returning to Texas, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Starr is the former U.S. Solicitor General who investigated President Bill Clinton during the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky battles.

He has been credited with winning last year's California Supreme Court ruling upholding Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved gay marriage ban that trumped the high court's legalization of gay marriage in the state.

In January,, the primary sponsor of Proposition 8, returned to court to defend the measure. The three-week trial ended badly for supporters of the ban. Most analysts believe gay marriage proponents handily won. But any decision is likely to be appealed.

Starr will return to his home state of Texas to take over the helm of the Baylor University, becoming he 14th president of the university.