2015 Georgian of the Year to Speak at CSU’s Spring Commencement

[caption id="attachment_4884" align="alignright" width="232"]Henry “Hank” Huckaby, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia Henry “Hank” Huckaby, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia[/caption]

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will award nearly 900 degrees during its spring 2015 commencement ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 11 in the Columbus Civic Center.

University System of Georgia Chancellor Henry “Hank” Huckaby, Georgia Trend’s 2015 Georgian of the Year, is set to speak at the ceremony, which is free to attend and open to the public.

Huckaby, a native Georgian, has served as the University System’s 12th chancellor since May 2011. He oversees the Georgia Public Library System, the Georgia Archives and the state’s 30 public colleges and universities that together serve 312,000 students.

“We are honored to have Chancellor Huckaby as our commencement speaker,” said Tom Hackett, CSU’s interim president. “The chancellor has a strong reputation for working to prepare students for successful careers, and we look forward to hearing the advice he will offer our graduates on Monday.”

Prior to serving as chancellor, Huckaby taught at Georgia Perimeter College and Emory University and served as an administrator at Gordon College, Georgia State University and the University of Georgia. He also served as director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and executive director of the Georgia Residential Finance Authority. He represented Georgia House District 113 (Watkinsville) before moving to the University System.

For more information on CSU commencement, visit http://graduation.columbusstate.edu/. A live webcast of the ceremony will be available from this address starting at 6:30 p.m.