Hank Huckaby will be honored for his decades of work promoting better outcomes for children in this year’s Changing the Picture for Athens Children Awards Celebration Saturday, March 20, 7:00 pm. In light of pandemic safety, this year’s celebration will be online.
Please consider a sponsorship for this year’s celebration of Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Athens, and honoring of Hank Huckaby.
As Director of the Georgia Office of Planning & Budget under Governor Zell Miller, Henry M. “Hank” Huckaby was a key leader in establishing Georgia Family Connection (including a focus on results-based accountability), Georgia PreK, Hope Scholarship, and the largest teacher pay raises in Georgia history.
At the University of Georgia, he was a strong supporter of FC-CIS of Athens. He was a key partner in the Partners for a Prosperous Athens antipoverty initiative, and worked behind the scenes to bring UGA employee salaries above the poverty level.
Upon retiring from the University, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and immediately named a floor leader for the new Governor. He played a key role behind the scenes in saving state funding for Family Connection, which the outgoing Governor had secretly attempted to move to another program.
The Governor then persuaded him to serve as Chancellor of the Board of Regents, where he continued his commitment to education for all Georgians, including partnerships of the University System with the Technical College System, Department of Education (K-12), and Department of Early Care & Learning.
He continued to serve upon his second retirement, including engagement in Athens Rotary Club, service on the Board of the Athens Area Community Foundation and advocacy for funds to help students at Athens Tech and UGA for personal emergencies so that they can continue their education, and other activities.