Hank Huckaby Announces Plans to Retire as University System Head

hank huckaby, chancellor huckabyThis month’s featured retiree is University System of Georgia Chancellor, Hank Huckaby, effective December 31. Huckaby oversees the 29 public colleges and universities that serve 318,164 students.

“Public higher education touches all aspects of our society. It is the fabric that holds us together and is an investment that pays dividends for life,” Huckaby said in the statement. “The University System is one of the great strengths of Georgia, and I am grateful to have been able to serve with the faculty and staff who bring it to life every day to serve our students.”

Huckaby assumed the role of chancellor on July 1, 2011.  He previously worked as a teacher and administrator in the University System and also taught at private colleges and universities. He served in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, first as a senior policy coordinator and later as its director. Huckaby also served as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and as the executive director of the Georgia Residential Finance Authority.

Huckaby is a board member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

Georgia Trend named Huckaby the 2015 Georgian of the Year, and Leadership Georgia awarded him the 2015 J.W. Fanning Award.

Huckaby serves as a trustee of Young Harris College, where he earned an associate’s degree. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia State University and continued his education through additional graduate studies at the University of Georgia.

After long careers of faithful service to the State of Georgia, please join us in extending congratulations and farewell to Hank Huckaby and all of Team Georgia’s August 2016 September 2016, October 2016, & November 2016 Retirees!

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Gov. Deal introduces major law enforcement reform package

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“Protection to person and property is the paramount duty of government and shall be impartial and complete. No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws,” stated Deal.

Governor Nathan Deal introduced a major law enforcement reform package which includes compensation pay raises and a multi-phase training overhaul for state officers.

Phase 1 of the training overhaul will include continuing education, training on the use of force, and building positive community relations. Phase 2 involves expansion of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) which equips officers with the knowledge and skills to approach individuals with mental illness. Phase 3 will involves the creation of a task for to review current law enforcement training and proved recommendations for improvement.

Governor Deal emphasized that the state should put its money where the priorities are. “It is incumbent upon the government to recruit and retain the best and brightest, while equipping them with the training and resources they require. They deserve our unwavering commitment and support.”

More than 3,300 state law enforcement officers will receive a 20 percent pay raise effective January 1, 2017, and represents more than $78 million instate funding in the amended FY17 and FY 18 budget.

State Charitable Contributions 2016-2017 Campaign Kickoff

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Melaney Smith and Leslie Hale of local charity Books for Keeps are pictured with DOAS Commissioner Sid Johnson, Candy Sarvis, Valerie Henderson, and Latoya Wimbush.

The Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) kicked off the 2016 State Charitable Contributions Program (SCCP) with a breakfast at the Georgia Freight Depot on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

The breakfast served as a start for the annual SCCP Campaign, a program that provides an easy and convenient way to make an immediate and ongoing difference in local charities. Governor Nathan Deal, chairman of the 2016-17 Campaign, welcomed more than 200 agency heads, college presidents and campaign coordinators and spoke about the importance of giving back and how beneficial the program can be for charities in need.

“We can all be proud of the positive impact our contributions are making in Georgian communities and in the lives of those in need,” said Governor Deal. The 2016-17 Campaign will run from September 1 until November 15.

Click here to view Governor Deal’s State Charitable Contributions Program Statement