The new chancellor of the University System of Georgia, Henry “Hank” M. Huckaby, will be the keynote speaker for SPSU’s Fall 2011 Commencement ceremonies, scheduled for Sat., Dec. 17.
Huckaby was a state legislator representing Georgia House District 113 when he was selected this spring at the conclusion of a national search to serve as the University System’s 12th chancellor. Before serving in the legislature, he capped off a lengthy affiliation with the University of Georgia (UGA) by serving as special assistant to the president on a part-time basis from 2006-09.
A product of the University System himself, Huckaby earned both a bachelor’s degree in political science and an MBA in international business from Georgia State University and pursued additional graduate studies at UGA. He also earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Young Harris College, where he was a student in former Gov. Zell Miller’s political science class.
Years later, Huckaby helped run Miller’s campaign for Congress. He also served as the interim chief financial officer for former Gov. Sonny Perdue.
SPSU will award an estimated 355 degrees to 269 undergraduate and 86 graduate students at commencement ceremonies scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the gymnasium on Dec. 17.
Note: The ceremony to mark the formal investiture of Huckaby as the 12th chancellor of the University System of Georgia will be held on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.
The event will feature remarks from Gov. Deal, greetings from USG presidents, faculty and staff of the University System, the investiture, the presentation of a special medallion to the chancellor and the chancellor’s Inaugural Address.
The inauguration will take place in the House of Representatives Chamber at the Georgia State Capitol.
The investiture can be viewed online at: http://www.gpb.org/chancellor-investiture.