Paul E. Arbogast


Paul Arbogast is retired from Ernst & Young, LLP after serving as Managing Partner of its West Virginia operations, and as a member of the Firm Leadership Team for Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, and Upstate New York from 1988 through 2002. A native West Virginian, Paul graduated from Marshall University in 1969. As a member of the firm, Paul’s client responsibilities included audit and consulting services to companies in the banking, health care, coal and manufacturing industries and to state government. Those clients ranged from privately owned businesses to some of the largest publicly owned companies operating in the region.

Through active involvement in several organizations, Paul has been involved in economic development in West Virginia throughout his career, and continues to serve several groups. In 2004, Paul became President and CEO of the West Virginia Roundtable, Inc., helping to develop thought leadership and commentary on significant business policy issues facing the state. The Roundtable also assists in funding economic development projects, assists in financing West Virginia’s economic outreach efforts in Europe and Japan, and promotes partnering between state government and businesses in such projects.

Paul also serves as a Board Member of St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, and Thomas Health Systems, Inc. in South Charleston, including service as a member of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee.

He is a founding member and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC). Formed in 2003, MATRIC’s founders sought to address both physical assets and human resources that were being early retired as West Virginia’s chemical industry began to downsize. Focusing initially on the assets of the former Dow Chemical’s Technical Center in South Charleston, MATRIC is building a major research center with international impact. Paul is a Past President and a Life Member of the West Virginia Society of CPA’s. He has served Marshall University in several capacities including service on the Advisory Board to the College of Business, and as a Board Member to the Marshall Foundation. In 2005, he was inducted into the Marshall University Business Hall of Fame. 

He and his wife Donna live in South Charleston. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.