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Former university system Chancellor Hank Huckaby dies at 79

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ATLANTA - Former University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby died Wednesday at age 79 after suffering a stroke last week.

Huckaby served a brief stint in the state House of Representatives representing a Watkinsville-based district and before that spent years as an administrator at the University of Georgia.

He was named chancellor of the university system in 2011 and served in that role until retiring in early 2017.

“He was a true gentleman and a pillar of the Athens and Oconee County community,” Gov. Brian Kemp said.  “Hank left Georgia better than he found it, and for that, we are forever grateful. We will continue to lift the Huckaby family up in our prayers in the coming days.”

“Hank was devoted to this state and served it in many capacities,” added current system Chancellor Steve Wrigley, who succeeded Huckaby. “He always kept the people of this state first in his work.