Michael Williams, who has held the interim athletic director position at Cal for more than 10 months, will be named to the post permanently at a Friday morning news conference.
“Since becoming the Interim Director last June, Mike has, at every turn, demonstrated the full complement of professional skills, personal attributes and deeply held values that are the recipe for success and accomplishment in one of the most challenging positions on this campus,” Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said in a statement released Thursday night.
“As an alum, a former student-athlete and successful leader in the financial sector, Mike understands, on both a human and organizational level, the unique set of interests, needs and challenges that must be addressed so that our exceptional student-athletes can thrive on the field of play and take full advantage of the educational opportunities our university offers.”
Williams was a wrestler at Cal before earning his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1982. He later received an MBA in finance from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA in 1988. He and his wife, Jeanne, have three children and reside in Lafayette.
Williams’ connection to Cal also includes 15 years of volunteer service. He was elected to the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees in 2007, joined the Foundation’s Executive Committee in 2009 and has served as vice chair of the executive committee since July 2013.