Howat joins Burke, Cross and Williams in overseeing programs.
He will start with the Boilermakers on Feb. 15 and ultimately assume the position currently held by Denny Miller, who is retiring June 30.
Howat was promoted to senior associate athletics director in 2012. He previously served as associate athletics director (2005-12), assistant athletics director (2000-05) and compliance advisor (1998-2000).
Before coming to Purdue, Howat spent 10 years at East Tennessee State University. He spent six years in athletics administration, where he worked in the compliance and academic support services programs for the entire athletics department (1992-98). During his first four years at ETSU, Howat was an assistant men's basketball coach.
Howat graduated from Purdue with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1988 before going to ETSU, where he earned a master's in education in 1990. In 1999, Howat earned his doctorate in higher education administration from ETSU. Howat was a student manager for the Purdue men's basketball team from 1984 to 1988 (head manager his last two years), when the squad won three Big Ten Conference championships.
Ed and his wife, Kim, have two sons, Tyler and Drew.