Tax Commissioner Lula Huff to be Honored at Black Applause Banquet

Columbus State University will present the 2006 Dr. John Townsend Achievement Award to Muscogee County Tax Commissioner Lula Huff. The presentation will be part of CSUs 23rd annual Black Applause Banquet Friday, Feb. 24 at CSUs Cunningham Center.

The event will open with a 6:30 p.m. reception, followed by a 7 p.m. dinner and the awards ceremony. Richard Holmes, Georgia Powers senior vice president of metro Atlanta region and diversity/corporate relations, is the keynote speaker. Holmes grew up in Columbus and is a graduate of Spencer High School and CSU. For banquet tickets, $25 per person, call 706-568-2023 or 568-2273.

Awards will be presented to outstanding local high school and CSU students, in addition to the Townsend award, commemorating John Townsend as the first African-American student to enroll at CSU. Huff, as this years recipient, is recognized for outstanding service to her profession and community and exemplifying high moral character.

First elected in 1997 as Muscogee Countys first African-American tax commissioner, Huff is responsible for collecting more than $135 million in tax revenue yearly. She began her professional career as an accountant at the firm Ernst & Young in 1973. and subsequently served as chief internal auditor for Columbus Consolidated Government and as an instructor at Troy State University. In 1984, she joined Pratt & Whitney as a senior financial/cost analyst and advanced through the companys ranks to a 1995 appointment as chief financial officer for Pratt & Whitneys sister organization Precision Components International, Inc .

According to the nomination submitted on her behalf for the Townsend honor, Huff leads by quiet example and gives unselfishly of her time and resources, mentoring young professionals and encouraging children and college students to pursue their goals and resources.

Huffs professional and civic affiliations are numerous including, but not limited to, Holy Family Catholic Church, Mother Mary School Board, Delta Sigma Theta Public Service Sorority Inc., Chattahoochee Valley Community Foundation Board/Moving Forward Together, Links, Inc., Georgia Society of CPAs, Jack & Jill of America Inc., Columbus Museum, Liberty Theater Historic Preservation Board, Delta Life Development Foundation Board, County Officers Association of Georgia, Georgia Association of Tax Officials, the Tax Commissioners Technology Board, Urban League, NAACP and Delta Life Development Foundation Board.

In 2006, Forrest Park Baptist Church of Columbus honored Huff as a Local Living Legend. Other recent honors include Mother Mary Schools Success and Excellence Award (2005), the Mayors Commission on Diversity Distinguished Women Award (2004), a service award For Making Things Happen in the Community (2002) from Mt. Mariah Baptist Church of Phenix City, and a Community Service Award (2002) from the Columbus-Phenix City Club of the National Association of Negro Business & Professional Womens Club, Inc.

The daughter of Walter and Sally Lunsford, Huff holds a bachelors degree in management from Howard University and a masters degree in business administration from Atlanta University. She and her husband, Charles Huff Jr., have one daughter, Tamara Nichole, who is a student at the Medical College of Georgia.

Fore more information, call 706-568-2273.