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Hank Huckaby named chancellor-designate for University System
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Hank Huckaby named chancellor-designate for University System

ATLANTA -- The Board of Regents has named Henry "Hank" M. Huckaby as the new chancellor-designate of the University System of Georgia (USG).

The regents made their decision in a special called meeting today.

The announcement comes two weeks after the Board named Huckaby, 69, as the lone finalist for the job.

"As has been noted in numerous articles and editorials in the press statewide, clearly Hank Huckaby is seen as the person the System needs at this important time," said Board chair Willis Potts. "We feel he will serve the University System, the Board of Regents and the state well as we address the many and significant challenges of the present and prepare for the future."

Huckaby will take up his duties as the System's 12th chancellor on July 1, following the June 30 retirement of current chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr.

"I am especially appreciative of and honored by the action of the Board of Regents," Huckaby said. "I pledge to them my total support and commitment as together we work to meet the challenges and opportunities for the University System."

Huckaby was born in Spalding County and grew up in Hapeville. He is a former student of the USG, having earned his bachelor's degree in political science and MBA in international business from Georgia State University.

During the 1960s and 70s, Huckaby taught at several local universities, including DeKalb College (now Georgia Perimeter College), Emory University, the University of Georgia and Young Harris College.

His career has focused on a long record of public service to the state of Georgia in many areas of government.

"During all of those years, 17 of which were in the University System, did I ever imagine being or aspire to be the chancellor. So for me, this is the culmination of a lifetime of work for this University System and for the state of Georgia," he said.

Huckaby and his wife, Amy, have two grown children and six grandchildren.

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