Chattanooga Names Street After Illustrious Alumna Glynn Key

Key, who passed away in 2014, grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee before earning undergraduate and law degrees from the University.

University of Virginia alumna and former Board of Visitors member Glynn Key received many honors during her lifetime, from being elected chair of the Honor Committee as an undergraduate to being revealed as a member of the Seven Society upon her death in 2014.

Now, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee – Key’s hometown – has added another accolade to that list with a street named in her honor.

Several members of the UVA community reacted to the news on Monday, remembering the late Key’s decades of leadership at the University.

Key, who served on the Board of Visitors from 2004 to 2012, earned two degrees from the University: a Bachelor of Arts in 1986 and a law degree in 1989. She excelled as a student; she was a Jefferson Scholar, lived on the Lawn and chaired the Honor Committee, among other accomplishments.

After graduation, Key built an illustrious law career. She served in the Department of the Interior under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1996 as counselor to Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt. Among other projects, she led negotiations for a $700 million Everglades restoration settlement between environmental activists, federal and state government entities, farmers and local Native American tribes.

Once she left government service, Key excelled in private practice, both as a partner at the law firm WilmerHale and later as general counsel for General Electric, a role she held at the time of her death.

Throughout, she remained involved with the University. In addition to her stint on the Board of Visitors, she was on the governing council of the Miller Center and served as president of UVA Alumni Association’s Board of Managers.

The City of Chattanooga officially adopted the new street name with a city council resolution May 1, authorizing the Department of Transportation to commission new signage naming a portion of Oak Street and Shallowford Road “Glynn D. Key Way.”

 

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