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.

Assistant Professor of School Counseling
School of Education




Teacher's Education Building Room #114 & 107


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!