Barry's resume

Public Service:

Orange County Board of Commissioners. Elected November 1998 to four-year term. Reelected November 2002 to four-year term. Reelected November 2006 to four-year term. Chair of BOCC in 2013-14, 2012-13, 2007-08, 2005-06, 2003-04, 2001-02. Vice chair in 2006-07, 2004-05, 2000-01.

North Carolina Commission on Smart Growth, Growth Management and Development. Member, 2000-01. Co-chair of Farm and Open Space Preservation Work Group. Appointed by Speaker of the House of Representatives

North Carolina Commission on Electronic Voting. Member, 2004-05. Appointed by the   President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

President, Conservation Leaders Network, 2008-2010.

Chair, Triangle J Council of Governments, 2007-2009.

Past Chair, Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization.

Chair, Orange Water and Sewer Authority, 1995-1998. Member 1993-98.

Chair, Orange County Planning Board, 1986-90. Vice chair, 1991. Member 1985-91.

Chair, Orange County Construction and Demolition Recycling Task Force.

Chair, Orange County Library Services Task Force.

Chair, Orange County Soccer Symposium Task Force.

Co-Chair, Hillsborough Strategic Growth Plan.

Co-Chair, Orange County Affordable Housing Task Force.

Co-Chair, Orange County Innovation and Efficiency Committee.

Founder, Orange County Agricultural Summit.

Member, Center For Environmental Farming Systems work group.

Member, School Collaboration work group.

Member, Orange County Board of Health.

Member, Master Aging Plan steering committee (2001, 2006).

Member, Central Orange Senior Center planning committee.

Member, Orange County animal shelter planning committee.

Member, Orange County justice facilities planning committee.

Member, Carolina North Leadership Advisory Committee.

Member, Aquatics Center planning group.

Member, New Hope Park at Blackwood Farm master planning task force.

Member, Cedar Grove Park planning group.

Member, Fairview Park planning group.

Member, Little River Regional Park planning group.

Member, New Hope Preserve/Hollow Rock planning group.

Member, Southern Park planning group.

Member, Intergovernmental Parks Work Group.

Member, Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Board.

Member, Hillsborough Economic Development District Transportation work group.

Member, Orange Grove Road Access Management work group.

Member, Orange County Economic Development Commission.

Member, Research Triangle Regional Partnership.

Member, Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.

Member, U.S. 70/Cornelius Street Task Force.

Member, Efland-Mebane Small Area Plan Work Group.

Member, Efland-Member Small Area Plan Implementation Focus Group.

Member, NC 57-Speedway Area planning group.

Member, Durham-Chapel Hill-Orange Work Group.

Liaison, Orange County Affordable Housing Advisory Board.

Liaison, Orange County Agricultural Preservation Board.

Liaison, Orange County Advisory Board on Aging.

Liaison, Orange County Commission for the Environment.

Liaison, Orange County Human Resources Commission.

Liaison, Orange County Human Rights and Relations Commission.

Liaison, Orange County Recreation and Parks Advisory Council.

Liaison, Orange Unified Transportation Board.

Liaison, Sportsplex Community Advisory Committee.

Member, Community Concerns Subcommittee, Duke University Land Resources            Committee.

Member, Triangle J Interstate-40 Corridor Study Committee.

Member, Orange County Water and Sewer Boundary Task Force.

Member, Cane Creek Watershed study committee.

Member, Orange County Low- and Moderate-Income Housing Task Force.

Member, Orange County Rural Character Study Task Force.

Member, Orange County Master Park and Recreation Planning Committee.

Vice President, Hillsborough Historical Society.


Author and editor. Wrote the books “Across the Line,” published in 2007 by Lyons Press; “Golden Glory: The First 50 Years of the ACC,” published by Mann Media in 2002; “Coach K’s Little Blue Book”, published by Total SportsIllustrated in 2000; “The World According To Dean���, published by Total Sports in 1998; and “Three Paths To Glory,” published by Macmillan in 1993. Author from 1985-98 of the annual “Fan’s Guide to ACC Basketball”. Senior editor with Total Sports in Raleigh, an Internet publishing company, from 1996-98. Edited ACC Basketball Tournament Record Book since 2006. Contributor, “27 Views of Hillsborough”, published by Eno Publishers in 2010.

Journalist. Self-employed for 38 years as a journalist, primarily covering sports but also history, environment, and politics. From 1982 through 2001 a regular contributor to The New York Times in sports and an irregular contributor in news. Articles have appeared in dozens of regional and national magazines and newspapers, among them the Times, Washington Post, Inside Sports, Sporting News, Sport, College Sports, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Village Voice, People, Saturday Evening Post, Sky, Our State, Oceans, The Progressive, Gentleman’s Quarterly, Basketball America, Newsday, Baltimore Sun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tallahassee Democrat, Charlotte Observer, Greensboro News and Record, Winston-Salem Journal, Raleigh News and Observer, Durham Herald-Sun, Chapel Hill Newspaper, and Independent Weekly.

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Editor of annual Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament Record Book, 2007-present

Wrote final report of N.C. Commission on Smart Growth, Growth Management and Development.

Wrote Bulletin for Prospective Students for Duke University, 1985.

Prepared nominations to the National Register of Historic Places for North Carolina properties that include the Dismal Swamp Canal, train depots in Greensboro and Burlington, a Greensboro fire station, a Durham bank, textile mills in Rocky Mount and  Mount Holly, a high school in Hamlet, and a peanut factory in Edenton.


Executive Director of Moorefields Foundation. Oversight of a house and grounds on the National Register of Historic Places. Moorefields was built in 1785 by Alfred Moore, a Revolutionary War soldier, founder of the University of North Carolina, and eventual U.S. Supreme Court justice. Located southwest of Hillsborough, the house and 70 associated acres are owned by a private foundation administered by the Friends of Moorefields. Moorefields is maintained as a wildlife refuge and arts center, and is open by appointment to the public. Tenure 1978 to present.



Born: November 1, 1950

Place Of Birth: Queens, N.Y.

High School: General Douglas MacArthur, Levittown, N.Y.

College: Duke University, B.A. in history, 1972

Resident of Orange County: 38 years in Little River, Cedar Grove and Cheeks townships

Profession: Writer and executive director of historic foundation

Previous Employment: Farmer, restaurant worker

Marital Status: Married to Robin Lackey Jacobs, executive director, Eno River Association and partner at Epting and Hackney law firm.





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