FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 21, 2013
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA–Glynn D. Key of Washington D.C. (and Trevose, Pa.) and Gilbert P. Schafer, III, AIA, of New York, New York, have been elected members of the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private, nonprofit organization that has owned and operated Monticello since 1923.
Key, a Chattanooga, TN native, has a distinguished record of service to Jeffersonian interests. She is a 1986 graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar, Jefferson Scholar and chairwoman of the Honor Committee. She received a law degree from the University in 1989, and while in law school served as the student representative on the Board of Visitors. In 2004 she was appointed to the UVA Board of Visitors by Governor Mark Warner and reappointed by Governor Kaine in 2008, serving until 2012, and chairing the Education Policy Committee. She currently serves on the University of Virginia’s Miller Center Governing Council.
Key is General Counsel of GE Water and Process Technologies. She is a former partner in Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where she practiced corporate law. From 1993-96, she was Special Assistant and Counsel to Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, and led the negotiations on the $700 million Everglades environmental settlement.
Schafer, an award-winning architect and AD 100 member, is recognized as one of the nation’s experts on contemporary classical architecture. A graduate of Yale School of Architecture with a master’s degree in 1988, Schafer worked with several notable classical architecture firms including Robert Orr & Associates, Peter Pennoyer Architects, and Ferguson, Murray & Shamamian Architects before starting his own practice in 2002. Over the last two decades, he has worked on a variety of distinguished residential projects around the country and in the Caribbean, in scales ranging from under 1,000 square feet to nearly 40,000 square feet.
Schafer’s projects have been featured in numerous books and publications, including Architecture, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Veranda, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Country Life, Departures and House & Garden. He directs G. P. Schafer Architect, PLLC, a small, full-service firm specializing in traditional residential architecture, from his office in New York City. In addition to his architectural practice, Schafer lectures around the country on the relevance and livability of classical architecture today. He also serves on several non-profit boards and is a member of Yale School of Architecture’s Dean’s Council. From 1999-2006, Schafer served as the President and then Chairman of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, the nation’s leading educational resource for the classical tradition in architecture and its allied arts.
Schafer is the author of The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now, which illustrates how he blends classical architecture, interior decoration, and landscape to create homes with a feeling of history.
“The Foundation is truly fortunate to welcome these outstanding, nationally recognized individuals to our board,” said Leslie Greene Bowman, president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. “Ms. Key and Mr. Schafer have dedicated themselves to advancing historic causes, and we look forward to the opportunities their leadership will bring to Monticello in the future.”
Thomas Jefferson Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia. Monticello is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark and a United Nations World Heritage Site. As a private, nonprofit organization, the Foundation receives no regular federal or state budget support for its twofold mission of preservation and education. About 440,000 people visit Monticello each year. For information, visit www.monticello.org.