The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support our mission of excellence in education and research.
Intellectual capital is a prime resource of any organization, but is of particular significance and merit at the University of the Virgin Islands. It presents the communal application of the collective expertise, capabilities, and competencies of its membership in an arena which fosters utilization and expression of these attributes for the betterment of UVI and the broader community. UVI has a longstanding tradition of recruitment and hiring practices which filter applicants in order to hire the most highly qualified available individuals. The process has engaged multi-level stakeholders allowing for collaborative decision making.
The University of the Virgin Islands is a learner-centered institution dedicated to the success of its students and committed to enhancing the lives of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean through excellent teaching, innovative research, and responsive community service.
The University of the Virgin Islands will be an exceptional U.S. institution of higher education in the Caribbean dedicated to student success, committed to excellence, and pledged to enhancing the social and economic transformation of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The University continues to make investments in the economic development of the Territory by maintaining a workforce of more than 500 persons, attracting visitors who spend their money in the local economy, and presently constructing facilities with an aggregate value of $20 million. The University has a strong research and public service program and annually receives millions of dollars in grants for research and development projects.
The University is home to various centers and institutes, including the Eastern Caribbean Center which conducts the decennial census for the Territory and serves as a hub for Territorial geospatial data, the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies which conducts numerous underwater and near-shore research, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the Small Business Development Center, the Water Resources Research Institute, the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center, the Research Center for the Arts, the Sports and Fitness Center, the Wellness Center, the Caribbean Green Technology Center, the Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism, and the UVI Institute of Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness.
Additionally, the University's Land Grant programs - the Agricultural Experimental Experimental Station and the Cooperative Extension Services - all have a significant impact on the lives of the people of the Territory and the wider Caribbean region. The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research is also a vital contributor to the economic well-being of the Territory. Annually, the UVI Sports and Fitness Center serves as host for the renowned Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament that attracts numerous NCAA Division 1 teams and supporters to the Territory. The University's ability to host a number of other events throughout the year as well as engage in continuous physical improvements all attest to the measure of impact that UVI has on the USVI territory.
To become a cornerstone of academic excellence, operational effectiveness, and economic stimulus for the Virgin Islands the the wider Caribbean.
In fulfilling this integrative goal, we anticipate the following outcomes:
The University of the Virgin Islands recently celebrated fifty years of higher education contributions to the Virgin Islands, the wider Caribbean, and the world. The anniversary year, 2012, was replete with celebrations and activities that honored the past and laid a foundation for future endeavors. Stakeholders and patrons are all very proud of the history of UVI and the enormous impact that it has had on its students, alumni, and the community.
UVI was chartered on March 16, 1962, as the College of the Virgin Islands — a publicly funded, coeducational, liberal arts institution — by Act No. 862 of the Fourth Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to that law, the institution’s primary objective is to provide for “...the stimulation and utilization of the intellectual resources of the people of the Virgin Islands and the development of a center of higher learning whereby and wherefrom the benefits of culture and education may be extended throughout the Virgin Islands.”
The first permanent campus opened on St. Thomas in July 1963, on 175 acres donated by the federal government. The first Board of Trustees took office in August 1963. In 1964, the college founded a second campus on St. Croix, on 130 acres also donated by the federal government. In 1972, the College of the Virgin Islands was awarded Land-Grant status by the U.S. Congress. This allowed for the establishment of an Agricultural Experiment Station and a Cooperative Extension Service.
Since then, many other programs and services have been added. These include the marine and environmental studies program, and the sports and athletics program. In 1986, the College of the Virgin Islands was renamed the University of the Virgin Islands to reflect the growth and diversification of its academic curricula, community and regional services, and research programs. That same year, the United States Congress named UVI one of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU); it holds the distinction of being the only HBCU outside of the continental United States.
The current president of the University, Dr. David Hall, its fifth president, began his tenure on August 1, 2009. Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, who served as the fourth president of the University of the Virgin Islands from 2002 to 2009, succeeded Dr. Orville Kean who served from 1990. Dr. Kean succeeded Dr. Arthur A. Richards, who became president in 1980. Dr. Richards’ predecessor, Dr. Lawrence C. Wanlass was appointed the first president of the College of the Virgin Islands in 1963 and held that office until 1980.
UVI is generally known as “the place to work and grow.” It offers strong and dynamic leadership within a nurturing environment. The University promotes commitment to its seven management values of high quality performance, service excellence, informed decision-making, performance assessment, emotional and spiritual well-being, fiscal responsibility, and uncompromised integrity. UVI is proud to have two Rhodes Scholars and a Pulitzer Prize winner among its alumni. It is seen as an incubator of talent that transforms those who walk its halls to the next step in their academic pursuits and careers. Through programs like the Male Initiative, Junior University and other summer bridge programs, there has been a measurable increase in the number of male students enrolled at the University and the annual Man-up Conference and Junior University programs are well received by the community. The University’s academic and community programs are respected as many of its students excel to academic excellence in a variety of professions and leadership positions in the Territory and the Eastern Caribbean. Its prominent alumni-base includes a premier, lawyers, doctors, scientists, teachers, nurses, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and a wide variety of professionals.
As a result of its investment in the six identified areas of focus – academic quality and excellence, student development and success, organizational and human development, modern and safe environments, and financial sustainability and growth – the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) aspires to the following anticipated outcomes:
The University of the Virgin Islands is committed to assuring that its workplace is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment based upon race, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age (40 and over), marital status, sexual orientation (including gender identity), status as a U.S. veteran (disabled, Vietnam or other), or any other status protected by University policy, local or federal law.
The University is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job in which they have been hired, or for which they have applied.
The University is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty and staff can work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of assault, sexual harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Every member of the UVI community should be aware that such behavior is prohibited by both federal and local law, and by University policy. Click to learn more.