U. System of Georgia’s Chancellor to Step Down

Henry (Hank) M. Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia for the past five years, will step down at the end of December, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Wednesday.

Mr. Huckaby announced his retirement at a meeting of the state’s Board of Regents. The newspaper said he spoke while fighting back tears, saying, “I walk away from this job … knowing that one of the greatest assets that this state has to offer is its university system.”

During Mr. Huckaby’s tenure, he oversaw a series of mergers of state colleges and universities as a response to a decline in state funding. The largest of those consolidations, some of which were controversial at the time, was the recent merger of the four-year Georgia State University with Georgia Perimeter College. That merger created the largest university in the system, which retained the Georgia State name.

As chancellor, Mr. Huckaby also led the university system’s efforts to cut costs for students and fought against attempts to allow concealed guns on college campuses, the Journal-Constitution reported. In May, Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, vetoed a campus-carry bill after lawmakers refused to change the measure in response to the governor’s objections.

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