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Mac Whatley, Chairman

Mac Whatley has practiced law at all levels in Randolph County for more than 25 years. He is a published author with more than a quarter century of experience in elective office, municipal law, grantsmanship and administration. Whatley is the recognized historian of the county, and a nationally-known expert on various aspects of the history of technology and the industrial revolution.

Mr. Whatley has a Masters of Science in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a JD degree from NC-Central University in Durham. His legal practice since December 1987 has primarily involved commercial real estate transactions, municipal administration and juvenile law. From October, 1989 to March, 1997 he was a member and partner of the firm of O'Briant, Bunch, Whatley & Robins, where the majority of his work involved searching and closing residential and commercial real estate transactions. He also maintained a general practice, and has handled domestic matters, child custody, juvenile law, and criminal matters from traffic infractions to capital murder defense. He currently serves as the consulting attorney for the Randolph County Tourism Development Authority, and has served as Municipal Attorney for the City of Trinity, NC.

Mr. Whatley is current serving as a Commissioner of the Town of Franklinville, NC. He previously served eight terms as Mayor of the Town, from 1983 through 2005. Franklinville has a population of 1,260, a municipal staff of seven and an annual budget of approximately $750,000.00. He was responsible for all finance planning, strategic planning and HR work, as well as for supervising and evaluating all programs and employees. He wrote successful grant applications which resulted in the Town obtaining more than five million dollars for a new wastewater treatment plant, a greenway, and the installation of water service lines to a new school.

Whatley is very active in community organizations, where he serves (2009-date) as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Uwharrie Charter Academy, Randolph County’s first charter school. As Chairman of the Randolph County Historic Landmark Commission (2008-date) he researches, writes, and edits most of the nominations for county historic sites. As Interim Director of the Richard Petty Museum (2013-14), he supervised the museum’s move from rented space in Randleman back to its historic birthplace at the Petty Enterprises Historic Site in Level Cross, including the design and construction of new exhibits. He served as a Trustee of the North Carolina Humanities Council from 2009-2015. As President (2005-2008) and Campaign Chair (2004) of the United Way of Randolph County, Mr. Whatley was responsible for planning and executing capital campaigns for four consecutive years which raised more than $6 million in charitable contributions. As a Director and officer of the North Carolina Pottery Museum (1991-95) he chaired the Building Committee which selected the award-winning Frank Harmon Associates design for the museum, and supervised its construction in Seagrove, NC.

Mr. Whatley is a native of Asheboro, NC, born in 1955. From 2007-2011 he was a licensed Foster Parent with Randolph County Department of Social Services, and has an adopted son and a foster son, both from Russia. As a Harvard undergraduate Whatley Harvard majored in Fine Arts, specializing in architectural history, and graduated cum laude in 1977. He was a staff archaeologist with the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology in Williamsburg and was hired by the Historic Preservation Section of the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources in 1978 as an architectural survey specialist; his survey report The Architectural History of Randolph County, NC was published in 1985. He is also the author of Randolph County: A Pictorial History (Arcadia Books, 2010), and Notes on the History of Randolph County, N.C. (his blog at ).