Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 096 Hank HuckabyReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 096 Hank Huckaby

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 096 Hank Huckaby

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 096 Hank Huckaby
Creator Huckaby, Henry M., 1941-
Dates 2009 December 8
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractHenry M. “Hank” Huckaby worked as an assistant dean of admissions at Georgia State for four years. In 1973, he went to work under Governor Jimmy Carter’s administration in the Office of Planning and Budget, serving in subsequent years as director of the Senate Research Office and deputy commissioner of the new Department of Community Affairs. In 1980, Huckaby was selected to be chairman of the Georgia Residential Finance Authority, and served there for the next ten years. Under Governor Miller, he served as director of the Office of Budget and Planning. Upon leaving political life, he went to work in the Policy Research Center at Georgia State University, and in 1997 he became director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. In 2000, he was appointed senior vice president in Finance and Administration at the University of Georgia. Huckaby discusses his friendship with and work for Zell Miller, his work in several government positions, and the state of education in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 096, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Henry M. “Hank” Huckaby was born in Griffin, Georgia, on December 13, 1941. He attended Young Harris College, and then Georgia State University. In 1964, he volunteered for Zell Miller’s unsuccessful campaign for Congress. He worked as an assistant dean of admissions at Georgia State for four years. In 1973, he went to work under Governor Jimmy Carter’s administration in the Office of Planning and Budget, serving in subsequent years as director of the Senate Research Office and deputy commissioner of the new Department of Community Affairs. In 1980, Huckaby was selected to be chairman of the Georgia Residential Finance Authority, and served there for the next ten years. Under Governor Miller, he served as director of the Office of Budget and Planning. Upon leaving political life, he went to work in the Policy Research Center at Georgia State University, and in 1997 he became director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. In 2000, he was appointed senior vice president in Finance and Administration at the University of Georgia. He retired from UGA in 2006. In 2010, he announced his plan to campaign for the Georgia House of Representatives as a Republican.


Scope and Content

Hank Huckaby discusses his early life in Hapeville and attending Young Harris College and Georgia State. He recalls taking an American Government class with Professor Zell Miller and subsequently forming a friendship with the political leader.

Huckaby recalls working for Zell Miller's failed 1964 campaign for Congress against Phil Landrum and describes several campaign tactics. After the campaign, Huckaby recalls returning to Georgia State to finish his undergraduate degree.

Huckaby discusses his later work for the Office of Planning and Budget under Governors Carter and Busbee. He recalls working as the Director of the Senate Research Office, created by Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller and subsequently as Director of the Department of Community Affairs. Huckaby comments on the tumultuous relationship between Zell Miller and Speaker Tom Murphy. He recalls serving on the board of the Georgia Residential Finance Authority.

Huckaby discusses the 1990 governor's race, Zell Miller's strategy, and his relationship with James Carville. Upon election, Huckaby recalls Miller offering him the job of Director of Office of Planning and Budget. He explains the process by which Governors draft and implement state budgets. Huckaby comments on the appropriation for lottery funds for education-related expenditures.

Huckaby comments on Miller's insistence he would only serve one term and explains his transition to working in higher education first at Georgia State and subsequently at the Univerity of Georgia.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Budget--Georgia.
Busbee, George, 1927-2004
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Education--Georgia.
Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program.
Georgia--Executive departments.
Georgia. Office of the Governor.
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--Georgia.
University of Georgia.
Young Harris College.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 096 Hank Huckaby video ( 104.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 096 Hank Huckaby transcript VIEW ONLINE