Mark Allen Treadwell is a native of Dadeville and attended local schools. He is a 1980 graduate of the University of South Alabama with a BS in biochemistry. He has additional graduate study in chemical engineering from Auburn University. He holds a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Birmingham School of Law where he was president of his class and vice president of Sigma Delta Kappa legal honorary.Mr. Treadwell worked for Alabama Power Company in the Nuclear Generation Department for ten years. He spent five years at Farley Nuclear Plant and five years at the Corporate Office in Birmingham. He dealt mainly with radiation protection and radioactive waste issues.