Roger L. Williams ’73, ’75g, ’88g became the tenth executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association in June 2003. Williams came to the Penn State Alumni Association with more than 25 years of higher education experience in communications, public relations, and marketing, having served as the chief public relations officer at three major universities.
Williams started as a writer–editor in Penn State’s Department of Public Information in 1978 and rose through the ranks of manager of special projects, assistant director and director of Public Information, then served as the assistant vice president and executive director of University Relations (1986–1995). From 1995–2003, Williams was associate vice president for communications at Georgetown University and associate vice chancellor for university relations at the University of Arkansas.
Williams is also an affiliate associate professor in the Penn State College of Education and serves on the editorial board of the scholarly journal Perspectives on the History of Higher Education.
Williams holds three degrees from Penn State: a bachelor's in history, master's in journalism, and doctorate in higher education. He lives in State College, Pa., with his wife, Karen Magnuson ’75.