Jim Durham

News Bureau Director

Molly%20 %20American%20Pearl%20024 A Woman of Firsts Against the Elements, Speaker Tori Murden McClure will Inspire

Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic and to ski overland to the South Pole, will deliver the annual Collier Lecture at Georgetown College at 11 a.m., Tuesday (Feb. 16) in John L. Hill Chapel. The public is invited to this free event and hear McClure, who wrote A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean about her courageous 1998 adventure and survival of numerous violent storms.

McClure, now the Vice President for External Relations, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs at Spalding University, has her hands into nearly every facet of the Louisville institution. She reports directly to the President of the University and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

She oversees Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Marketing and Public Relations, Information Technology, Intercollegiate Athletics, and serves as Corporate General Counsel. Tori works in concert with the Dean of Student Development and Campus Life to supervise: Student Organizations, Residence Life, Campus Safety, the Counseling Center, Dining, and Disability Services.

She has an AB from Smith College, where she currently serves on the board of trustees; a Master’s in Divinity from Harvard University,; a JD from the University of Louisville School of Law, and an MFA in Writing from Spalding University. She has worked as a chaplain at Boston City Hospital and for Muhammad Ali at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. She lives in Louisville with her husband.

Back when she became the first woman and first American to travel over land to the geographic South Pole, she skied 750 miles from the ice shelf to the pole. An avid mountaineer, Tori has climbed on several continents and she was the first woman to climb Lewis Nunatuck summit in Antarctica. She is a fully certified Emergency Medical Technician in both urban and wilderness areas. She is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School semester courses in Alaska and Kenya.

Tori is the recipient of multiple international honors. Thor Heyerdahl presented her with the Peter Byrd Trophy; Tori was the first woman to be honored with this award. In Paris she was recognized along with Lance Armstrong by L’Academies des Sport for significant sporting achievement. At the Moscow International Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Films, the French documentary “Beyond Limits – Tori Murden,” took the prize for the “Best Foreign Adventure Film,” and Dr. Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich awarded Tori with a Russian chalice for extraordinary achievements.

Read a Washington Post review of her 2009 book, A Pearl in the Storm (Harper Colins).

The Collier Lecture is named in honor of Mr. James Collier a retired attorney of Elizabethtown, KY. Mr. Collier is a longtime supporter and former trustee of Georgetown College. There is also a Collier Scholarship that is awarded to a student. This year’s recipient is Josh Calihan, a freshman from Stanford, KY.