By Chris Fox | CBS Radio Austin Bureau Chief


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AUSTIN (CBS RADIO) — The head of the architecture school said the state’s new campus carry law is a factor in him taking an offer to return to the University of Pennsylvania.

Fritz Steiner has been the dean of the architecture school at the University of Texas since 2004 and had not seriously considered offers from other schools until now.

“I love UT and love Austin and have always declined the invitations,” he said. “I would have politely declined if it wasn’t for the campus carry. It was a factor.”

Steiner said the college experience is fraught with enough stress, and guns won’t help.

“You add a firearm into a situation like that, that’s already a stressful situation, and it just doesn’t seem to make any sense where a firearm would make that a better situation,” he said.

As dean, Steiner was called on to be a recruiter of both faculty and students. He said this law puts the university at a competitive disadvantage in seeking the best and brightest talent.

Steiner’s last day is in July, one month prior to the law taking effect on the UT campus.

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