Williams heads YSU Veterans Affairs office

Patrick Williams

Patrick Williams

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Patrick Williams, whose military career spans 25 years, is the new coordinator for Veterans Affairs at Youngstown State University.

Williams, who previously was officer-in-charge of the ROTC program at YSU, replaces Jim Olive, who retired.

“I’m excited and consider it a true blessing to be in this position,” said Williams, who lives at Lake Tomahawk near Rogers in Columbiana County. “I’ve worked with military people my entire adult life and feel very comfortable in this setting. It’s interesting that I have worked with young people just entering the military, spent a whole career working with junior and seasoned military personnel and now I’ll be working with a lot of former military members in the Veterans Affairs office. It feels like a natural progression for me.”

Williams said he also is very excited about the new YSU Veterans Resource Center that will soon be under construction on Wick Avenue.

“It will provide a one-stop resource center for veterans and current military members on campus,” he added. “It’s both my pleasure and honor to be part of the great things happening for our veteran community at YSU.”

Born and raised in Lisbon, Ohio, Williams joined the Ohio Army National Guard in 1986 while a senior at Beaver Local High School in Lisbon and left for basic training seven days after graduation in 1987. He attended Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Ga., and was commissioned as an Army officer in 1990. He attended Kent State University on the Ohio Army National Guard Tuition Scholarship and graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Kent State in 2010.

Williams commanded the 324th Military Police Company in Middletown, Ohio, from 1996 to 1998. For the last 13 years, he has been an Active Guard/Reserve with the Ohio Army National Guard. His assignments included recruiting officer for Eastern Ohio; personnel officer for the 737th Maintenance Battalion in Newark, Ohio; training and executive officer for the 112th Transportation Battalion in Canton, Ohio;  executive officer for Kent State’s Golden Eagle ROTC Battalion; and then two years as ROTC recruiting officer and two years as ROTC officer-in-charge, and chair of the Department of Military Science, at YSU. He also previously worked for three years as an admissions coordinator in the YSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Williams retired from the military in June to take the position in the Office of Veterans Affairs at YSU.