USG Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby to speak at Kennesaw State University’s 149th commencement

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More than 1,400 students will participate during summer commencement July 30 KENNESAW, Ga.(July 23…

Georgia (Jul 23, 2013)More than 1,400 students will participate during summer commencement July 30

KENNESAW, Ga.(July 23, 2013)— University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby will address Kennesaw State University graduates on July 30. More than 1,400 students are participating in three summer commencement ceremonies. Other speakers include Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Cummiskey and City of Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews.


Commencement schedule:

College of the Arts, Coles College of Business, WellStar College of Health & Human Services, and University College – July 30, 10 a.m.

Speaker: Chris Cummiskey

Chris Cummiskey is the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Governor Nathan Deal named Cummiskey commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) in late 2010. As commisioner, Cummiskey leads the state agency responsible for bringing jobs and investment to Georgia through global commerce, entertainment and tourism.

Prior to joining GDEcD, Cummiskey was a manager and director of energy and gas derivatives trading for companies like RWE Americas, Mirant and Mieco. The intergovernmental relationships he developed during his more recent roles as a senior director for Senator Johnny Isakson, former Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson, and the University of Georgia are also assets to his work at GDEcD.

Cummiskey graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He resides in Atlanta.

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Bagwell College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and

College of Science and Mathematics – July 30, 3 p.m.

Speaker: Mark Mathews

Mark Mathews is the mayor of the City of Kennesaw.

Mark Mathews grew up in the Kennesaw community. He attended Due West Elementary, Awtrey Middle, and North Cobb High schools.

He began his community involvement in 1987 when he became the president of the Kennesaw Springs Homeowners Association, where he served until 1996. Concurrently, in 1993, he served on the initial boards of the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority as well as the Kennesaw Development Authority.

In 1996, he was elected to the Kennesaw City Council and served on the Council for 12 years. In 2008, he was sworn in as mayor of Kennesaw and was re-elected to another four year term in November 2011.

He is currently employed as the manager of government relations for MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service in Marietta.

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College (all graduate degree students) – July 30, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Hank M. Huckaby

Hank M. Huckaby is the chancellor of the University System of Georgia.

A native Georgian, Henry “Hank” M. Huckaby, has a strong reputation in the areas of public higher education and state finance and budgeting.

In May 2011, the Board of Regents selected Huckaby as the University System’s 12th chancellor. He oversees 31 public colleges and universities with a $6.5 billion annual budget and 43,000 faculty and staff fulfilling the teaching, research and public service mission to 314,000 students.

Prior to becoming chancellor, Huckaby was a teacher and administrator in the University System and has taught at private colleges and universities. He also served in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, first as a senior policy coordinator and later as its director, as well as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and as the executive director of the Georgia Residential Finance Authority. Huckaby has represented Georgia House District 113 as a Republican.

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Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Rd., Kennesaw, Ga., 30144. For more information, please go to

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of 24,600 from 130 countries.

Contact: Robert S. Godlewski, 770-499-3448,


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit