Presidential Search

Message from the Board of Trustees


To the Spalding University Community,

As you know, President Tori Murden McClure will be retiring this summer. Selecting a president is one of the most important responsibilities of the Board of Trustees. The Board has taken the following steps since President McClure announced her retirement:

Established a search committee composed of Board members, faculty and staff.
Conducted listening sessions with campus groups including, faculty, staff, students and alumni.
Held a search committee retreat to develop a candidate profile.
Engaged AGB Search to help conduct the presidential search.

The Board of Trustees voted on Dr. Joanne Berryman to be the Interim President immediately following the retirement of President Tori Murden McClure. Dr. Berryman is a former Spalding University Board of Trustee; she was the founding Dean of the Kosair College of Health and Natural Sciences;  she served as Provost and is an alumnus of the Spalding Ed.D. program. Additionally, she is a beloved and respected member of the healthcare network systems in Louisville and across Kentucky. Her visionary leadership and experiential expertise in management, academic leadership, and change agency are what drives her commitment to prepare Spalding University for its next President and future presence in the community and city.

The Board of Trustees has named an Please join me in thanking President McClure for her leadership, dedication and important contributions on behalf of Spalding University.


Kellie Sheryak
Chair, Board of Trustees

Kellie Sheryak, Chair, Board of Trustees
Kellie Sheryak, Chair, Board of Trustees







Search Committee Members
Mark B. Carter – Search Committee Co-Chair
Gene M. Smith, JD ’72 – Search Committe Co-Chair
Kellie Sheryak, Board Chair
Sharon Gray, SCN, MA ’74, D.M.E.
Isaac J Myers II, M.D.
Bridget Papalia, J.D.
Thomas Williams, Jr., Ph.D.
Jacqueline Wood, RN, MSN, HFA, FACHE

Spalding Faculty and Staff
Kristen Harris, Ph. D., Associate Professor and Chair, College of Education
Erica Gray, Ed.D., Dean of Students

The search committee can be contacted at [email protected] or [email protected].

Job Description 

A position profile is posted on the AGB Search website.

Presidential Search Timeline (subject to change)

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19th and 20th
AGB Search On-Campus Listening Sessions

Monday, March 25th
Electronic survey of campus consituents, alumni and others

Monday, April 22nd
Launch of Search Website and Application

June 14, 2024
Application period closes.

Search Commitee reviews applications to select finalists

Finalists meetings with campus constituents 

Search Committee meets to recommend finalist to Board

Board of Trustees meets to elect new president 

January 2025
Next President assumes duties