McClure Named Louisvillian of the Year

Tori Official Select1The American Advertising Federation – Louisville (AAF-Louisville) announces Tori Murden McClure as the recipient of its 2014 Louisvillian of the Year award. McClure will receive her award at a luncheon in her honor on Friday, July 25 at The Olmsted in Louisville, Ky.

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. University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was recognized as the 2013 Louisvillian of the Year. Previous honorees include: George Fischer, Bernard M. Trager, Alice K. Houston, James R. Ramsey, Mary Bingham, Muhammad Ali, Tom Jurich, Ulysses Bridgeman, Jr. and Mary H. Griffith.

Tori Murden McClure, president of Spalding University since 2010, is an author and a civic and educational leader. A longtime resident of Louisville, McClure cares for her community, and her efforts at Spalding help to provide a better future for the people she serves. It is her dedication to helping people in the Louisville community through the transforming power of education that made her the obvious choice for the 2014 Louisvillian of the Year Award.

McClure is passionate about her role as president of Spalding University. 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.

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 U of L’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.

For more information or to make reservations for the awards luncheon honoring Tori Murden McClure on July 25, please visit 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.


About AAF-Louisville: The American Advertising Federation – Louisville, formerly the Advertising Federation of Louisville (AdFed), with more than 650 members, represents Louisville’s $1 billion advertising industry and is a Division I member of the American Advertising Federation. The club most recently received the 2014 American Advertising Federation Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising Education Award recognizing outstanding efforts in educating members, students, and the general public about the industry. Originally incorporated on January 30, 1908, today’s AAF-Louisville is the area’s oldest membership organization for marketing, advertising, and other communications professionals. To learn more, visit