Today begins a new era for the Georgia Archives. Since 1931 the Archives has been a part of the Secretary of State’s office.
The Archives now operates as a part of the University System of Georgia, led by the 17-member Georgia Board of Regents and Chancellor Hank Huckaby.
Prior to becoming Chancellor, Huckaby was a teacher and administrator in the University System and taught at private colleges and universities. He also served in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, as well as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and as executive director of the Georgia Residential Finance Authority. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from District 113.
The Archives will be under the direct supervision of USG Executive Vice Chancellor of Administration Steve Wrigley. Wrigley formerly was vice president for governmental relations at the University of Georgia and served as senior policy adviser for Gov. Zell Miller.
The Board of Regents has established a two-man Georgia Archives committee made up of Regents George Hooks and Larry Walker.
Hooks, a great friend of genealogists and historians, is the outgoing long-time state senator from Georgia’s 14th District. He is a sixth-generation native of Sumter County and resides in Americus.
Walker served in the Georgia House of Representatives for more than 30 years. He lives in Perry.
While the Secretary of State remains the keeper of the Great Seal of Georgia and the custodian of the state flag and other state symbols, the Archives is the depository for the state’s most historic and important documents. The excellent professionals at the Archives literally are the keepers and protectors of the state’s history.
The Georgia Genealogical Society sends the Archives best wishes for a smooth and successful transition and a bright future.