Howat joins Burke, Cross and Williams in overseeing programs.
Williams, a four-year letterwinner at wide receiver for the Boilermakers from 1986 to 1989, returned to his alma mater as assistant athletics director in 2011. He was promoted to associate athletics director in 2013.
Before coming back to the Boilermakers, Williams served as athletics director at Bluford Drew Jemison Academy in Baltimore from 2009 to 2011. He previously was an assistant football coach at Morgan State University (1999-2000) and a physical education and health educator in the Baltimore City Public School System (1997-99). He completed an internship with the Houston Texans during the summer of 2010. From 1995 to 2009, Williams was owner and president of Calese Inc., a property development business.
Williams was selected in the fifth round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and subsequently played professionally for seven seasons with the Eagles (1990-96) and Baltimore Ravens (1996).
More than 20 years after concluding his collegiate eligibility, Williams still ranks among the Purdue career leaders with 138 receptions (17th), 1,855 receiving yards (14th) and 17 receiving touchdowns (tied for seventh). He was the Boilermakers' team Most Valuable Player his senior season.
A native of Baltimore, Williams earned his bachelor's degree in hotel/institutional management in 1990. He and his wife, Charese, have three children: Jonah, Sydney and Rachel.