Why I Give: Albert G. Albert

Albert G. Albert’s family’s story in America began during the 1880s, a time when numerous immigrants from Lebanon and Syria were arriving to northeastern Pennsylvania. Both Albert’s mother and father were born in Lebanon, in Zgharta and Hardine, respectively, and immigrated to Pennsylvania when they were very young. Albert’s family eventually settled in Wilkes-Barre, where he has lived throughout his life. Still, he remains deeply connected to Lebanon, and his enduring affection for his parent’s homeland has been the impetus for Albert’s involvement with LAU.

Albert became increasingly interested in the University after meeting Dr. Riyad Nassar, then president of Beirut University College (which was renamed LAU in 1994), during a reception held in Maryland in 1989. In 1992 he was asked to join the Board of Trustees. “My involvement with LAU and its predecessors began with my love for Lebanon, the Lebanese people and their institutions,” he said. Albert has also keenly supported the University libraries over the years, where he established a fund in his name.

Albert completed his own education at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, where he majored in Economics. Since then he has become president of Bloomsburg Metal Company, a member of the Board of Trustees of Keystone College and was the past president of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Barbara Bolus Albert and has three children, Albert Jr., Kimberly and Barbara.

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