Congratulations to Brandeis 1995 Grad Named Louisvillian of the Year

Tori Murden McClure is the president of Spalding University, in Louisville, Kentucky. Spalding University offers twenty-seven degree programs at the bachelor, master, and doctoral level, to more than 2,000 students. From 2004 through 2009 she served as the vice president of external relations, enrollment management, and student affairs at Spalding University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, and her juris doctor from the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. In 2005, she earned her master of fine arts in writing from Spalding University. Her non-fiction book, A Pearl in the Storm, was published by Harper-Collins in 2009.



A passionate world adventurer and humanitarian, Ms. McClure is best known as the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also the first woman and first American to travel over land to the geographic South Pole. An avid mountaineer, Ms. McClure has climbed on several continents. She is a fully certified emergency medical technician in both urban and wilderness areas, and is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), where she currently serves as the chair of the board of trustees.