Alabama Historical Commission, Alabama SHPO

Executive Director Frank W. White

Frank W. White is the executive director of the Alabama Historical Commission, and is also the State Historic Preservation Officer. He has directed the AHC since January, 2008.

Before being named the executive director of the Alabama Historical Commission, White served as the Endangered Properties/Revolving Fund Director at the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. In his 11 years at the Georgia Trust, White built the revolving fund into a self-sustaining program from an initial fund of $450,000 to $2.3 million. As program director, he provided alternatives to the demolition and neglect of architecturally and historically significant buildings by promoting rehabilitation and reuse.

White also worked as the architect’s representative for Atlanta-based John Portman & Associates Inc., where he coordinated the design and construction for the 1.5 million square-foot Brussels International Trade Mart in Brussels, Belgium. He also served as the architect’s on-site representative for 3D/International during the construction of the Hyatt Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan.

White received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University and completed the Advanced Management Development Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Additionally, White served in the U.S. Navy Seabees, spending 14 months in Vietnam.

“Serving as executive director has given me the opportunity to visit with communities throughout the state and learn more about Alabama’s history. This state is filled with valuable archaeological and historic resources, and the commission’s primary goal is to protect, preserve, and interpret these resources,” said White.

White enjoys cycling, fly fishing, hiking, and traveling with his family. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO), Alabama Writers Forum, and on the Advisory Board of the Alabama Tourism Department.  White is a member of the 2010 Class of Leadership Alabama.

Contact the executive director:

468 South Perry Street
P. O. Box 300900
Montgomery, AL 36130-0900


Historic Preservation