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.
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