Hank Huckaby to be next university chancellor

The state Board of Regents on Friday will tap state Rep. Hank Huckaby, a Zell Miller protégé and the state’s former chief budget writer, as the next chancellor of the University System, we’re told.

State Rep. Hank Huckaby, R-Watkinsville

State Rep. Hank Huckaby, R-Watkinsville

Tim Bryant over at WGAU (1340AM) in Athens has the same info, and more:

The Oconee County Republican and former Vice-President for Finance and Administration at the University of Georgia is the state Board of Regents choice to replace departing Chancellor Erroll Davis, who is retiring after five years as head of the University System of Georgia. Sources say the Regents vote came last night. A Regents spokesman declined to confirm the Huckaby appointment, but did say that no Chancellor can, under state law, be officially named until two weeks after finalists are named. However, WGAU News has learned that Huckaby will be named as the lone finalist for the job. That announcement is expected Friday.

In case you still have any doubt, the following was just sent out by the Board of Regents:

Please be on the alert for an announcement from the Board of Regents at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, April 23, regarding the USG chancellor search.

The current chancellor, Erroll B. Davis, plans to retire from the 35-campus public college system in June. The former utility chairman was appointed five years ago.

A Hapeville native, Huckaby attended Young Harris College, where one of his teachers was Miller. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University.

After Miller was elected governor in 1990, he named Huckaby, director of the Office of Planning and Budget, giving him oversight of the state’s growing budget.

He shifted easily into a Republican-dominated Capitol, and in 2002 served on Sonny Perdue’s transition team, leading the new governor’s efforts to get a handle on the budget.

Huckaby was elected to the House last November, filling the seat left vacant by Republican Bob Smith. A special election would be required to fill Huckaby’s seat.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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45 comments Add your comment

Buy us a Football Team

April 21st, 2011
2:13 pm

oh nooooo

April 21st, 2011
2:14 pm

Oh. My. God. Well, maybe for once there will be financial accountability for the masses of money being spent on administration and administrative salary increases while faculty and staff see their salaries erode to nothing.

Bill Dipstung

April 21st, 2011
2:20 pm

Good man. I also think his cousin Mike will be a great President.

big hair

April 21st, 2011
2:20 pm

Excellent selection!

Zinc

April 21st, 2011
2:28 pm

Good selection but even further proof that the BOR is nothing more than a good ole boy system.

edirv

April 21st, 2011
2:30 pm

Check your spelling on his name (last sentence).

Ouside the Perimeter

April 21st, 2011
2:30 pm

@Bill Dipstick, 2.20p
Mike’s last name is spelled “Huckibie.”

jgalloway

April 21st, 2011
2:35 pm

Thanks, edirv. It’s fixed. I think a Huckaby tenure will be filled with Huckabees, especially if the latter jumps into the presidential race.

[...] Galloway is reporting that Governor Deal has found his replacement: Rep. Hank Huckaby (R - Watkinsville) will be replacing Chancellor [...]

Carrie57

April 21st, 2011
2:43 pm

When did he earn a Bachelor’s degree at Young Harris? They were a two year school until 2 years ago, only Associate degrees. Would just now be graduating bachelor candidates.

Bruce

April 21st, 2011
2:44 pm

Maybe he will stop the 22 million dollar bleeding of the ADP payroll system! Anything is better than Error Davis who despised employees.

JC

April 21st, 2011
2:46 pm

If the southern states vote for Huckaby in the R primaries again then say hello to 4 more years of incompetence in Obama and the destroying of the great America we once knew. He, Palin or Trump have zero chance of winning the Presidency. We need a once in a generation type leader to lead us and start unraveling the damage that Obama has done. I haven’t seen that leader on the scene yet. Paul Ryan is saying some good things and might just have to be that guy – certainly handled himself well after Obama attacked him at his ‘deficit reduction plan’ speech, where Ryan showed a great ability to think on his feet and not back down.

jerry

April 21st, 2011
2:56 pm

Wrong Huckaby JC go copy paste your ignorance somewhere else!

ccatlanta

April 21st, 2011
2:59 pm

It’s true. He can’t have a bachelor’s degree from Young Harris. According to the school’s website, “In May, YHC will confer its first bachelor degrees in nearly a century.” He may have gotten his associate’s degree there but he finished somewhere else before he got his MBA.
Don’t chancellors normally have a Ph.D.? Did Davis?

ccatlanta

April 21st, 2011
3:04 pm

According to a bio from Broad Street Advisers, Huckaby got an associates degree from Young Harris and a bachelor’s and MBA from Georgia State and did additional post-graduate work at the University of Georgia.

State Employee

April 21st, 2011
3:21 pm

Another pol that has screwed the state employees retirement system. Hopefully someone will ask about his new retirement package. No wonder why pension systems are in bad shape

Jim S.

April 21st, 2011
3:37 pm

….and back comes my man Bob Smith! Let’s (re)draft Bob! Bring a little fun back to the Capitol!

John

April 21st, 2011
3:57 pm

Do any of you people actually read what is written? It didn’t say that he graduated from Young Harris, it said he ATTENDED Young Harris. His BA and MBA were from Georgia State.

Also, Mike Huckabee…Hank Huckaby…check your spellings. I doubt they’re related.

not so sure

April 21st, 2011
4:07 pm

how true is this? It is in a “blog” and the USG and BOR has not officially made this announcement… If this were the case, wouldn’t this be in something other than a “blog”?

Alphare

April 21st, 2011
4:12 pm

This just shows you, if you have connection in this state, you can be anything you want.

Didn’t Sonny Purdue appoint his brother to some state job?

concerned

April 21st, 2011
4:35 pm

Friday, April 23?? Isn’t tomorrow the 22nd, or did my calendar change? The BOR doesn’t even know what day it is.

Sigh

April 21st, 2011
5:13 pm

Another political appointee. This selection clearly shows that the politicians of the state of Georgia do not care about higher ed.

Let the Big Dawg Eat

April 21st, 2011
5:25 pm

Mr. Huckaby is a good person. He’ll do well in the job.

Sigh again

April 21st, 2011
5:53 pm

“Huckaby will be named as the lone finalist for the job…” What does that tell us? This guy was hand picked – politics as usual.

Yea!

April 21st, 2011
6:42 pm

Yea…He was hand picked by the 25 people who’s job it is to pick someone…what a scam!

GreatChoice

April 21st, 2011
6:43 pm

Hank is a great Georgian and was a great choice. He’ll do a wonderful job!

Georgian

April 21st, 2011
6:57 pm

Hank is a great choice. Good job, regents!

Lorenzo

April 21st, 2011
7:09 pm

A Mike Adams buddy

Winfield J. Abbe

April 21st, 2011
10:19 pm

Assuming this report to be true, and due to this companion propaganda article it likely is, http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/lawmaker-to-be-next-920536.html, the good old boy system is still alive and well in Georgia. Secrecy is also alive and well and the duped public will likely never know who the high paid head hunter turned up to waste their time applying for this job which was obviously already in the bag for their political friend and crony. They likely even violated the U.S. Constitution and federal labor law in this decision but no matter, who is going to enforce them on these corrupt dictators who operate in secret just like Nazi, Germany or the former Soviet Union?
Many years ago, UGA went through the same sham procedure,wasting public money and time with a “national search” for Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, but when they got all done they “discovered” the “most qualified” individual had already been appointed Acting Dean. The late Boyd McWhorter had it in the bag the whole time. The corrupt political machine wins again and the lowly duped taxpayers and citizens of Georgia lose again. Georgia remains at the bottom of the barrel. By the way, if the Board of Regents is a truly independent body, as claimed, why is the Governor involved at all with this decision? Isn’t this corrupt conflict of interest, the very type of corruption that was sought to eliminate when the Regents system was initiated in the Talmadge era? This is a form of inbreeding and inbreeding is well know to result in birth defects.
Do these idiots on the Board of Regents really believe Huckaby, who has likely never had a course in science past 8th grade biology, can convince the members of the Georgia Legislature of the viability of stem cell research or convince them that university professors deserve lifetime jobs when most ordinary taxpayers are being put out of their jobs,homes and onto welfare? Perhaps they should have brought their other friend and crony, Zig Zag Zell out of retirement from the Demopublican party.

Tom

April 22nd, 2011
7:32 am

Well, at least this one actually has a college degree.

Brenda

April 22nd, 2011
7:36 am

Federal Labor law, Nazi, communist inbreeding, birth defects…Blah. Blah Blah. Winfield seems to have misplaced his pills again.

TPL

April 22nd, 2011
10:02 am

Excellent choice! The University System of Georgia needs someone who can work well with the members of the General Assembly. Hank certainly fits that bill. His State budgeting experience will prove invaluable to USG. Congratulations, Hank!

GTP

April 22nd, 2011
12:09 pm

According to Perdue, our Georgia Constitution allows the Board of Regents “exclusive authority” to do what they want with the state funds allocated by our General Assembly. Only time will tell if there is any legislator that has the backbone to step up to the requests we have made for years to introduce a bill to bring back some fiscal accountability back to our employer (we gave up on the General Assembly bringing back ethics accountability by the BOR years ago).

Boooo

April 22nd, 2011
12:47 pm

Carrie57: Did you read the article? Did it say that he got a Bachelor’s from Young Harris?

BLT

April 22nd, 2011
4:02 pm

If the State’s leadership wanted a person who understands Georgia politics, has higher education experience and is willing to make tough decisions, then they picked the right man. Mending relationships with the Dome is important, but cowering to ill-conceived notions of control over higher education will not serve the State’s long-term interest. Be careful Hank! The General Assembly never met a Chancellor that they liked.

SusanB

April 23rd, 2011
12:31 am

Hank is honest, competent, a tireless worker, a listener, and does not let his ego get in the way of getting the job done. I am delighted with this choice and wish him well. And thanks to Chancellor Errol Davis for a job well done during some very tough times for the state.

GTP

April 23rd, 2011
8:46 am

To SusanB: We hate to be the bearer of reality, but many of the reasons behind the Chancellor’s June departure will be made public soon. Attorney General Sam Olens has “pledged to strengthen Sunshine laws” in our media, while at the same time his office has sealed critical documents in a current Georgia Whistleblower case by our former colleague regarding the Board of Regents during Davis’s term. The fact that one of the key Board members involved in this case just happens to be the wife of one of the top National Georgia Republican leaders may have some – shall we say – “stong influence.” While we are encouraged with Deal’s appointment, many of us within the USG plan to “educate” the new Chancellor for his own benefit and ours.

ANGRY AS HELL

April 23rd, 2011
11:06 am

For those of you who may not know, Hank Huckaby is a brilliant man. He’s forgotten more about the details of the state budget than half of the morons trying to manage it today will ever learn. He worked for both Zell’s administration as well as Perdue’s It’s rare that two governors would pick the same person as their Chief Financial Officer.

ANGRY AS HELL

April 23rd, 2011
11:11 am

State Employee–I, to, am a retired State employee, and Hank Huckaby did not do anything to our retirement. If you’re looking for the one who did, it was Perdue’s Chief Financial Officer, Tommy Hills, who tried his best to trash it. Get your facts straight before you put your “mouth” in gear.

BuckheadBill

April 23rd, 2011
12:37 pm

I have a worn two dollar bill in my wallet that says that Mr. W.J. Abbe voted for Mr. Obama. His virus has spread from the ABH to the AJC. Ed Tant has same virus.

GTP

April 24th, 2011
7:18 am

AJC reported: “There long has been tension between the regents and the General Assembly. While lawmakers approve how much state money the University System receives, it is the regents who decide how the money is spent and set tuition and fees for 35 public colleges.” Our own Senator Cecil Staton responded to the over $7.1 million in extra compensations to USG officials ($600,000 to our president David Bell) with: “These practices are not unique to Georgia…..Presidents of large universities are often paid as if they were CEOs of large corporations. It has been that way for some time.” Only time will tell if there is any legislator that will finally have the backbone to step up to the requests we have made for years to introduce a bill to bring back some fiscal accountability back to our employer (we gave up on the General Assembly bringing back ethics accountability by the BOR years ago). While we are encouraged with the appointment of Huckaby, many of us in the USG predict that Huckaby will encourage his former colleagues to continue these tightly kept secret compensations as he will be one of the new recipients. Only time and open records will tell. http://www.atlantaunfiltered.com/2009/10/05/university-execs-deferred-pay-often-hidden-tops-7-million/ & http://www.ajc.com/news/study-recession-hasnt-cut-898135.html

LawDawg

April 25th, 2011
12:09 pm

FYI to the ignorant rabble commenting here: Huckaby was the #3 man at UGA for a number of years and is intimately familiar with the university system.

Also, this has nothing to do with Atlanta public schools.

LawDawg

April 25th, 2011
12:11 pm

Winfield J. Abbe: We are all now dumber for having read that.

I will only point out one thing: There are no federal labor laws that would apply to this type of position.

LawDawg

April 25th, 2011
12:14 pm

To sum up a number of comments: He is a political appointee.

True, he got a political appointment, so by definition he is a political appointee. A+

Apparently, Political Insider is where all the unemployable morons who think they know something about politics go to say truly stupid s***.