Oct. 21, 2020
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Lilly Endowment names new program director in education


Indianapolis – Johnny Pryor is joining Lilly Endowment’s staff as a program director in the education division. He plans to begin work at the Endowment on Jan. 4, 2021.

Pryor comes to the Endowment from an extensive career in higher education during which he has led multi-faceted programs designed to help students succeed. Most recently Pryor served IUPUI as assistant vice chancellor in the division of student affairs, directing efforts to promote leadership and engagement, student wellness, and projects that contribute to a campus culture of belonging.

Before joining IUPUI’s division of student affairs, Pryor served for eight years as assistant dean for student affairs at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, where he led academic advising, wellness programs and other initiatives to support student success.  Prior to that, Pryor served as senior assistant director of career services at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and he also directed the office of post-graduate studies at Butler University in Indianapolis.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Johnny to our staff,” said Ted Maple, the Endowment’s vice president for education.  “He brings a wealth of knowledge about higher education and the ways in which colleges and universities need to continue to adapt  as they prepare students for meaningful and sustaining careers. His interest and experience in helping children and youth succeed also will greatly enhance the Endowment’s education efforts.”

An Ohio native, Pryor is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, and of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J. K. Lilly and his sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with its founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education, and religion, and it maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.