How did Hank Huckaby Die?
Former University System of Georgia Chancellor and state budget director Hank Huckaby has died.
His death Wednesday at age 79 was announced by Gov. Brian Kemp and House Speaker David Ralston.
Huckaby rose to prominence as budget director for Gov. Zell Miller, once Huckaby’s college professor.
He crowned his career as chancellor of the University System of Georgia, overseeing mergers of multiple schools in an effort to streamline the system and save money during the Great Recession.
Gov. Nathan Deal favored him for that job, and Huckaby helped cool tensions between universities and lawmakers.
Huckaby also worked to make sure more students graduated on time and expanded the use of free textbooks.
How old was Hank Huckaby?
He was 79 years old.
Who is Henry M. “Hank” Huckaby?
Henry M. “Hank” Huckaby (December 13, 1941 – April 14, 2021) was an American politician who served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives for the 113th district in Watkinsville, encompassing parts of Clarke County, Morgan County, Oconee County, and Oglethorpe County.
He later served as Chancellor of the University System of Georgia from 2011 to 2017.
Huckaby was born in Spalding County, Georgia and grew up in Hapeville, Fulton County, Georgia. He received an A.A. in political science from Young Harris College and B.A. and M.B.A. from Georgia State University. He later studied Public Administration at the University of Georgia.
In the 1960s and 1970s, he taught at Georgia Perimeter College and Emory University. He then worked as an administrator at Gordon College, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia. He worked as senior vice president for finance and administration at UGA until 2006. He was sworn in as a Georgia Representative in January 2011 but did not serve a full term, because he took office as chancellor of the university system on July 1, 2011.
He was a member of the Oconee County Rotary Club and the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce. He was also the Chairman of the Board of the Ty Cobb Educational Foundation.
Huckaby was a member of the Athens First United Methodist Church, and a trustee of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. He was married with two children and six grandchildren.
On April 14, 2021, Huckaby died at the age of 79 after suffering from a stroke a week prior.