Kentuckiana Metroversity: The Power of Seven

Kentuckiana Metroversity brings the power and energy of seven nationally recognized and regionally accredited colleges and universities together to serve students, faculty, staff and the metropolitan Louisville community. Bellarmine University, Indiana University Southeast, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Spalding University, and the University of Louisville together serve over 35,000 students, provide access to over 5 million books and journals and offer hundreds of classes from Arabic to Zoology – and all this is available to every student enrolled at any of the member colleges.

Kentuckian Metroversity offers:

  • Crossregistration for students at institutions within the consortium.
  • Access for students, faculty and staff to all of the member libraries.
  • Professional development and collegial activities.
  • Support for the Liberal Arts and degree attainment in the community.

Kentuckiana Metroversity by the numbers:

  • 35,000 students in Metroversity colleges and universities
  • 8,300 volumes traveled between member libraries (2010-11)
  • 500+ students took classes at other Metroversity colleges (2010-11)
  • 7 regionally accredited, nationally recognized colleges and universities sharing resources
  • 1 powerful voice for higher education in the Metro Louisville area


  • Bellarmine University
  • IUS
  • JCTC
  • Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Spalding University
  • University of Louisville

A Note from the Director

Kentuckiana Metroversity was founded in 1969 to provide educational opportunity to students, staff and faculty of the seven member institutions.  Students are able to take classes at any of the consortium’s institutions, greatly widening the opportunities to take a class not offered at the home college or one that is at a time that does not fit into a schedule.  A courier ferries books and materials between the libraries allowing students access to millions of additional volumes.  Adult students are honored annually for their academic and personal accomplishments.  Writers are able to showcase their work in fiction, nonfictiona and academic writing through the Writing Competititon.  Metroversity faculty compete for five $1000 awards funded through the Grawemeyer Foundation and awarded for innovative instruction in the classroom.  All of these opportunities support a vibrant and academically rich tradition in the Louisville Metro area.

My goal is to bring together the talent, experience, resources and energy of the seven colleges and universities and help create an academic community that shares the tremendous task of graduating college students. With the power of seven, great things can happen!

Please contact me if you have any ideas or suggestions.


Kathleen Mandlehr







Kathleen Mandlehr

Kathleen Mandlehr, Ed.D.
Executive Director Kentuckiana Metroversity