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STT = St. Thomas Campus,
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

STX = Albert A. Sheen Campus,
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

STJ = St. John Academic Center,
St. John, US Virgin Islands

Allen, Xuri M, Ph.D.

Allen, Xuri M, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions
Access and Enrollment Services
Provost's Office




ACC Building




Interests and specialties include college/university awareness, preparation, recruitment and admission, academics, interpersonal and psychosocial development of students from Africa and African diaspora descent, advising students, and black male college enrollment.

Who am I:

I am a native Virginian who loves facilitating students’ academic attainment via the admissions process.  It is incredibly exciting to me to see the transformation that occurs when a prospective student enrolls at the University and eventually graduates from it very well equipped to succeed!  I have over 20 years of experience working in higher education and assisting students in reaching educational, professional, and personal goals.

Why UVI:

As someone who has always appreciated cultural diversity, new experiences, and beautiful settings, I (along with my wife . . . the other Dr. Allen) identified UVI as an institution at which I would like to work in the early 2000s.  I was attracted to the mission and vision of the University in addition to the fact that UVI is the only historically Black college/university (HBCU) outside of the Continental US. 

Why Admissions:

Admissions has been an integral part of my life since 1983, my first year of college!  I became an Admissions Tour Guide in the second-semester of my freshman year and that started the chain of events that have led me to full-time, professional work in Admissions for over 15 years.  As Director of Admissions/Recruitment, I want every admissible prospective student to attend – and graduate from – this Undeniably Viable Institution!

Fun Facts:

  • I have an “artsy” side.  At one point, I played the following instruments:  piano, slide trombone, and xylophone.  I also have dabbled in acting and writing poetry.
  • I love classic cars and own a 1958 Volkswagen Beetle.
  • I am often asked if I am from Montserrat (From what I understand, Allen is a prevalent last name there).
  • I enjoy seeing my son grow and mature before my very eyes!