ImpactWinter 2011

Thriving programs create need for new UIndy Graduate School

The continued growth in the enrollment, variety, and prestige of UIndy’s graduate-level programs has led to the creation of a new school and an important new position at the University.

Veteran faculty member and administrator Dr. E. John McIlvried was selected this fall to be the first dean of the University of Indianapolis Graduate School, a structure created to coordinate functions among the University’s 27 master’s and five doctoral degree program offerings and to foster the development of innovative new
graduate programs.

The consolidation is apparent at the new Graduate School website,, where students can now apply online for any of those 30-plus programs.

“We’re already attracting students from across the nation and around the world, but this will make it easier for prospective students to learn about and apply for our programs,” McIlvried said.

Increasingly, he noted UIndy is identified with its advanced-degree programs in the health sciences, psychology, education, business, and other fields. The University now produces the most clinical psychologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists of any institution in Indiana, and it ranks fifth among all Hoosier colleges, public and private, in producing doctoral graduates.

This year UIndy has nearly 1,200 graduate students, accounting for 22 percent of enrollment at the main campus.
A psychologist by training, McIlvried joined the UIndy faculty in 1993, served as chair of the psychology department, and in 2001 was named dean of the School of Psychological Sciences. In 2007, he took on additional responsibilities as associate provost, a title he will retain.

McIlvried holds master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Akron. His professional background includes serving as chief psychologist for Central State Psychiatric Hospital in Indianapolis.
Pending a national search to replace McIlvried as head of the School of Psychology, associate professor Rick Holigrocki has been named acting dean.

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