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The UUA Moderator: Jim Key
Jim Key was elected moderator at the June 2013 General Assembly to a single, six-year term.
The moderator, the highest volunteer position in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), is the chief governance officer for the Association. The moderator chairs the UUA Board of Trustees, facilitates the plenary (business) sessions at General Assembly, serves as an important interface with congregations that comprise our Association, and consults with the president in developing a common vision for the Association. The moderator also consults regularly with leaders and administrative committees at the national, regional, and district levels.
Key has served our faith from the ground up—helping to found a new congregation in Beaufort, SC, serving as its president for five years, vice president then president of the Thomas Jefferson/Southeast District. He facilitated the organizing meeting for the Southern Region of the UUA, and served on several committees at the UUA which included chairing the UUA Audit Committee.
The majority of Key’s business career was spent with IBM in administration, finance, and internal audit roles. After retiring from IBM, Key became the founding partner of and continues to be active in the management consulting firm, Shenandoah Group, LLP, which focuses on governance, risk management, and compliance solutions for clients around the globe. He is also one of the organizers of and continues to serve on the board of CBC National Bank. He is a frequent speaker, facilitator, and trainer for a wide range of audiences in the private, government, and not-for-profit sectors.
He is married to Liz Key, whom he met in junior high school. Her career has been in nursing, often working in clinics that served at-risk, low-income women. They have been each other’s most trusted partners and confidants. The Keys have three children, along with their partners from various ethnicities, and six grandchildren make for joyous family celebrations centered around a bounteous table of cuisines from across the world.