Tori Murden McClure,
M.Div., J.D., M.F.A.
President, Spalding University

About Spalding

Located in Louisville, Kentucky, Spalding University is home to a diverse student population earning advanced degrees to enhance their careers and contribute to meaningful societal and economic change. Our Online EdD program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  
When you join Spalding University Online, you join our compassionate community that is diverse in ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, culture, age and background. As the first certified compassionate university in the world, we believe this diversity influences and strengthens course relevance and impact on real-world issues.

Community is what makes Spalding great.

Spalding University educates students who want to serve their communities through their chosen profession. At our core, Spalding is a university whose mission is based on meeting the needs of the times. Our faculty and staff respond to the individual needs of our students. Along with undergraduate and graduate students, they collectively work to meet the communal needs of our neighborhood, city and region.  
This is our pledge: Every student will leave Spalding a stronger leader, a more involved citizen and an enlightened lifelong learner.  
Will you join us?

Vision & Mission

Spalding University is a diverse community of learners dedicated to meeting the needs of the times in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth through quality undergraduate and graduate liberal and professional studies, grounded in spiritual values, with emphasis on service and the promotion of peace and justice.

The Online Experience

As an online student, you will experience the same quality education we provide every day on campus in Louisville, Kentucky — from the comforts of your home. 
To learn more, visit our Online Experience page for more details about what classes are like, what programs you will use and generally what you can except as an online student.

More About President McClure

President Tori Murden McClure, M.Div., J.D., M.F.A. became Spalding University’s president in 2010, having previously served as a vice president and trustee. She holds a bachelor’s from Smith College, a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, a law degree from the University of Louisville and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing degree from Spalding.  
She is author of the memoir, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean, which details her journey to become the first American to row solo across the Atlantic.


Mission-driven. Compassionate. Action-oriented.

Our mission is more than just words on paper. We live it. We share it. We take pride in it. As a Spalding University online student, you are a vital part of our mission to serve others. You will learn it throughout your studies and will take it with you into the world when you graduate.

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