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Weisberg serves as parade grand marshal

Sep. 24, 2012 @ 12:15 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington philanthropist Art Weisberg, whose financial contributions have energized Marshall University's engineering program, will serve as grand marshal in the university's homecoming parade Saturday, Oct. 6.

The parade takes place at 11:30 a.m. in downtown Huntington. Weisberg will be joined in the parade by his wife, Joan, his daughter, Pamela Weisberg, and his grandchildren, Trish, Marlo, Simon and Kalman Weisberg.

"Our whole region is progressing, due in large part to the university and its ever-expanding programs and facilities," Weisberg said. "Marshall is the vehicle that is taking West Virginia into the new century."

Weisberg is president of Arthur's Enterprises, which recently made a large gift pledge to the Marshall University Foundation to help build the Weisberg Family Engineering Complex. It will be located on the north side of 3rd Avenue between the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories and the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center.

Weisberg is the founder of State Electric Supply Company, a retail-wholesale distributor of electrical and electronic supplies with showroom and warehouse facilities.

In addition to his business success, Weisberg received the Charles D. Scott Distinguished Career Award from the American Wire Industry and the "Citizen of the Year" award from The Herald-Dispatch. He and Joan were named to the Marshall University College of Business Hall of Fame and, in 2008, both received Marshall's honorary Doctor of Humane letters degree, the highest recognition provided by the university.