Gilbert Baker Joins UCA As Executive Assistant to the President

Outgoing State Sen. Gilbert Baker, R-Conway, has been hired at the University of Central Arkansas. He'll be executive assistant to university President Tom Courtway and draw a $132,000 salary, the university said in a news release.

Courtway said Baker will join UCA's executive staff effective Jan. 15.

UCA said Baker's duties will include work on special projects; university development and communications; community outreach; and "government relations on the federal, state and local levels."

"Gilbert Baker knows the University of Central Arkansas very well," Courtway said in a news release. "For over 20 years, he was a valued employee of UCA until his election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2000.

"Although he began his service at UCA as an instructor in the music department, and later was granted tenure as an assistant professor, he also served UCA as an academic adviser, associate dean, and was a member of the UCA Faculty Senate," he said. "I am very pleased that he has agreed to come back to UCA. He is coming back home."