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Tori Murden McClure named Louisvillian of the Year

Has been Spalding University president since 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 24, 2014) — The American Advertising Federation of Louisville named Tori Murden McClure as the 2014 Louisvillian of the Year. McClure will receive her award at a luncheon on Friday, July 25 at The Olmsted in Louisville.

McClure, president of Spalding University since 2010, is an author and a civic and educational leader. Under her leadership, Spalding University has nearly doubled the physical size of the campus and added more than 100,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory, clinical, office, and educational space. At the same time, the university has improved the campus with the addition of green space, most noticeably Mother Catherine Spalding Square along Breckinridge Street. The university also purchased 7.3 acres of industrial property along 9th Street which is slated to become athletic fields, and McClure was instrumental in Spalding gaining admission into the NCAA.

Tori Murden McClure

During her tenure, Spalding University reduced its debt by $2.8 million dollars, increased its unrestricted net assets by $14.6 million, and was singled out by the New York Times for the performance of its endowment, which is at an all-time high. Spalding received the largest single contribution in its history: $3.8 million to name the Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences.

McClure may be best known as the first woman and American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also the first American and first woman to ski to the geographical South Pole, and she is an accomplished mountaineer. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College, a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, a juris doctorate from UofL’s Brandeis School of Law, and her Master of Fine Arts in writing from Spalding University. Her memoir, A Pearl in the Storm, is regularly used as required reading for colleges and universities; most notably, the United States Coast Guard made it required reading in 2010.

First bestowed in 1951, AAF-Louisville’s Louisvillian of the Year award is the oldest of its kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This outstanding achievement is given to publicly recognize an individual’s generous personal contributions to the Louisville community in the areas of civic, educational, or business progress in recent years.

A panel of past honorees selects the winner was University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was last year’s winner.

For more information or to make reservations for the awards luncheon visit www.louisvilleadfed.org or call the AAF-Louisville office at (502) 895-2500. Onsite registration and a networking reception begin at 11:30 a.m., with the lunch and program beginning at noon.