University of Charleston

University of Charleston

Inspiring Innovation - Different Students


As part of its Inspiring Innovation series, the University of Charleston will present “Two Views Tuesday” on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. at its Downtown Innovation Hub. The event is open to the public, although registration is required.

The discussion will run from 4:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m., then a social networking hour will be held until 6:00 p.m. The social hour will be catered by Ichiban restaurant.

The topic of this first event is “Different Students, Different Schools: Options for K – 12 Education”.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Beth Wolfe, Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management at UC, and will feature Doug Cipoletti, Executive Director of West Virginia Virtual Academy, and Amon Gilliam, Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools and Alternative Programs for Kanawha County Schools.

Those interested in the event are asked to register at

Doug Cipoletti is a former teacher who served for over a decade with the WV Department of Education, leading a variety of statewide initiatives. He currently serves as the founding Head of School of West Virginia Virtual Academy, a virtual public charter school serving students in all 55 counties and serving over 1200 students in grades K-11.

Amon Gilliam is serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools and Alternative Programs for Kanawha County Schools while also pursuing a doctoral degree. He served as a middle school principal for 10 years while also contracting with the state Department of Education for two years as a principal mentor for new middle school administrators across West Virginia.

“Two Views Tuesdays” offers quarterly conversations with a moderator facilitating discussion with two subject matter experts who share different viewpoints. The topics will be issues that affect business success and quality of life in the area. It is part of the university’s “Inspiring Innovation” series, sponsored by Huntington Bank.