Meet the Team


Julia Bolt, Dean

Governor's School of Entrepreneurship

Ms. Julia Bolt is Assistant Director of the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, housed at the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. Julia has an eclectic background, mostly focusing on public relations, marketing, communications and event planning. In her current role, she runs the Statewide College Business Plan Competition and the Statewide High School Business Plan Competition, while also participating as an advisor for the CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization) Club and in experiential learning projects. Through her work at West Virginia University, she has become the facilitator for all things entrepreneurial related to the high schools across the state and is the link between the College of Business and Economics and its university partners. Bolt has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia University and a Masters of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University.

Sherry Keffer Director
Governor's Schools of West Virginia

Sherry Keffer was a public school teacher in Fayette County for 32 years before taking the reins as Director of Governor’s Schools. She holds a B.A. degree from Marshall University and she earned a M.A. degree from the Marshall University Graduate College. Her teaching certification includes English, journalism, math 5-12, and gifted education.
Mrs. Keffer has been involved with Governor’s Schools since 1984, when the first Governor’s Honors Academy opened. She oversees the Honors Academy, the School for the Arts, the Schools for Mathematics and Science and now, the Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship. From 1999-2004, she was also Coordinator of Gifted Education for the West Virginia Department of Education.

Dr. Carrie White, Faculty

Dr. Carrie White is the Director of the WVU LaunchLab, which she began in August 2015. Prior to taking the position, she was a professor of business law and entrepreneurship and the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at West Liberty University for 12 years. She has also started, owned, operated, and sold small businesses in the Pittsburgh area. White has bachelors and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Franciscan University, a law degree from Duquesne University College of Law and a doctorate in education from West Virginia University.

Elizabeth Vitullo, PhD, Faculty

Dr. Elizabeth Vitullo is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs in the College of Business and Economics. She is responsible for the Executive M.B.A., Online Executive M.B.A., and full-time M.B.A. programs. She also assists in the oversight of other on-campus graduate programs in the college. She completed her Ph.D. in Education and

M.B.A at West Virginia University. Vitullo is responsible for the assurance of learning for graduate programs at the college and is an adjunct professor in the management department, teaching classes in entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility. Her research touches assurance of learning, higher education leadership, and pedagogy. Vitullo has 12 years of significant experience with progressive leadership responsibility in higher education, including enrollment management, program administration, teaching, advising, management of academic professionals, and coordination of assessment activities. She has created and grown academic programs that have been nationally ranked and created major sources of revenue. She has significant experience with online and distance education, including oversight of online programs, teaching online classes and being a Quality Matters reviewer. She created numerous dual degree programs and other collaborative academic initiatives. She has worked with diverse student populations, such as military and corporate partners to create tailored program