I reported Sunday morning that Republican Sen. Gilbert Baker, co-chair of Joint Budget, had applied to be president of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. I also mentioned that I’d requested the list of all applicants from the school.

I haven’t heard from Henderson on my request for the list of applicants, understandable since I sent the request over the weekend. But a Henderson alum did provide me with a March 9 e-mail from Henderson’s general counsel Elaine Kneebone to the Henderson community with an update on the presidential search process. Read her note in full on the jump. It says a search committee has been screening candidates for potential Board of Trustee interviews and, utlimately, an open interview process on campus.

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Here are the 62 active applicants for the job at the time Kneebone sent the e-mail. This would have been before Baker was invited to submit an application. Perhaps he was invited by trustee Anita Cabe, a supporter of Baker’s Senate bid.

UPDATE: Here’s the updated applicant list. You’ll see it now includes Gilbert Baker’s name and another candidate being interviewed by the search committee today — Donnie Whitten, the Arkadelphia school superintendent. Multiple sources assure me that these two interviews should not be construed as identifying the two as finalists.

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UPDATE II: Further news. I”ve learned the search committee has sent the names of two candidates — Whitten and Gary Biller, vice president for student services at Arkansas Tech, on to the Board of Trustees for full interviews. That would indicate, I’m told, that Baker is no longer in the running. The recommendations do not mean, however, that candidates for Board review will be limited to these two. The process is ongoing, my source said.