INDIANAPOLIS (UIndy) – The United Methodist-related University of Indianapolis has named E. John McIlvried to be the first dean of its Graduate School.

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. Pending a national search to replace McIlvried as head of the Psychology School, Associate Professor Rick Holigrocki has been named acting dean. UIndy established its Graduate School in 2009 in response to the continuing growth of its advanced degree programs in such disciplines as physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, psychology, education and business.

This fall UIndy has nearly 1,200 graduate students, accounting for 22 percent of enrollment at the main campus. The university produces the most clinical psychologists and physical and occupational therapists of any institution in Indiana. McIlvried, a southside Indianapolis resident, 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.