Huckaby is the only finalist, which makes his appointment to the post “highly probable,” said Board of Regents spokesman John Millsaps, adding that the board has to obey a 14-day waiting period until it can vote on Huckaby.
The announcement is a result of a national search the board launched after current chancellor Erroll Davis Jr. made public last fall that he intends to retire as of June 30, 2011.
Among the factors that made Huckaby the top candidate for the position, Millsaps said, were the fact that he is a Georgia native, has been in the USG as a student, faculty member and administrator and has a long history of being involved in state government.
“He’s got a pretty unique perspective,” Millsaps said. “He’s seen it all, from every angle.”
Huckaby, who currently represents District 113 in the Georgia House of Representatives, lives in Oconee County. He and his wife, Amy, have two grown children and six grandchildren.