Members of the Marshall University family and the community got to see firsthand Aug. 13 why the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Complex has attracted so much attention since ground was broken in October 2012.
No one, including Interim President Gary G. White–who had toured the building before–was disappointed.
“This magnificent facility will provide an unparalleled educational experience for Marshall students for many years to come,” White said. “We are fortunate to have the generous support of the Weisberg family and all those who made this day possible. I wish Art was here to see this dream come true.”
The university and Huntington celebrated the opening of the 155,000 square-foot, 480-foot long, four-story, $56 million building with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the complex.
Art Weisberg was the president of Huntington-based Arthur’s Enterprises, which made a large donation to help pay for the facility. He passed away in 2012, shortly after ground was broken for the complex. Art’s wife, Joan, and a dozen members of her family attended the ceremony.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins also were on hand to help celebrate the milestone. Among the others who spoke at the ceremony were Marshall Provost Gayle L. Ormiston, White, State Sen. Robert Plymale and engineering student Taylor Lipscomb. Art and Joan’s oldest daughter Pam Weisberg spoke on behalf of the family.
Photo: From left to right, Interim President Gary G. White and his wife, Jo Ann; Jane Kopp, wife of the late President Stephen J. Kopp; Joan Weisberg; Pam Weisberg; and Sen. Joe Manchin III at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Complex Aug. 13.