A native of Asheboro, NC., Mac Whatley graduated from Harvard University, with a major in Fine Arts and a specialization in architectural history.  He has worked for the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology in Williamsburg and the Historic Preservation Section of the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources as an architectural survey specialist.  He has published The Architectural History of Randolph County, NC; Randolph County: A Pictorial History; and Notes on the History of Randolph County, N.C. (ongoing WordPress blog).   Whatley also has an MA in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a JD degree from NC-Central University in Durham and serves as a Trustee of the N.C. Humanities Council, the Adjunct Curator of Machinery and the American Textile History Museum.