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Renu Khator
Renu Khator 2010-2.jpg
Chancellor of the
University of Houston System
Assumed office
January 15, 2008
Preceded by Jay Gogue
President of the
University of Houston
Assumed office
January 15, 2008
Personal details
Born June 29, 1955
Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Spouse(s) Suresh Khator (1974–present)
Children Pooja Khator
Parul Khator
Residence Wortham House
Houston, Texas, USA
Alma mater Kanpur University
Purdue University
Religion Hindu
Website www.uh.edu/president/

Renu Khator (Hindi: रेणु खाटोर; born June 29, 1955) is the eighth chancellor of the University of Houston System and the thirteenth president of the University of Houston. She is the first foreign-born president of the university, and the second woman to hold the position.[1] Khator is also the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the United States.[2]


Prior to moving to the United States, Khator earned a bachelor's degree from the Kanpur University in 1973.[3] Moving soon thereafter, she attended Purdue University, and received Master of Arts in political science and a Doctor of Philosophy in political science and public administration in 1975 and 1985, respectively.

Beginning in 1985, Khator began a 22-year career affiliation with the University of South Florida. She served in various positions, culminating in her position as provost and senior vice president of the university.

On October 15, 2007, Khator emerged as the sole-finalist for the vacant dual-position as chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston. On November 5, 2007, she was confirmed by the University of Houston System Board of Regents for the dual-position.[4] Renu Khator officially took her position on January 15, 2008 and became the third person to hold a dual position of University of Houston System chancellor and University of Houston president.

On January 13, 2011, Khator was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas board of directors, to serve out the remainder of an unexpired term ending December 31, 2011.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Khator was born in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh (India). Through a traditional arranged marriage, she married her husband, Suresh, in 1974.[6] Suresh—another Purdue graduate—holds a doctorate in engineering, and is a professor and associate dean of the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering. The Khators have two daughters, Pooja and Parul, who are both ophthalmologists.[7] As chancellor of UH System and president of the University of Houston, she takes residence in the Wortham House provided for her and the family in the Broadacres neighborhood of Houston.


  1. ^ Thai, Kim (2007-10-16). "Renu Khator: teacher, poet, community leader". The Daily Cougar. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  2. ^ "Neelam Deo, Renu Khator rock women's forum" (PDF). India Abroad. 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2009-04-24. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Resume of Renu Khator, Ph.D.". UH Office of the Chancellor and President. Archived from the original on 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  4. ^ Gerber, Eric (2007-11-05). "Renu Khator Confirmed as New University of Houston & UH System Leader". UH Office of University Communication. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  5. ^ "uh.edu/news-events". 
  6. ^ Colavecchio-Van Sickler, Shannon (2007-10-16). "Longtime USF administrator is leaving". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  7. ^ Tresaugue, Matthew (2007-11-04). "Leader ready to get UH out of shadows / Regents hopeful Khator's success in Florida will be duplicated here". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 

External links[edit]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Jay Gogue
Chancellor of the University of Houston System
Preceded by
Jay Gogue
President of the University of Houston

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1337 news items

The Daily Cougar

The Daily Cougar
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 03:05:48 -0700

President and Chancellor Renu Khator has always been supportive of UH, including the hiring of men's basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson. | File photo/The Cougar. President and Chancellor Renu Khator has two jobs. Khator is both president of the ...


Tue, 25 Aug 2015 02:05:20 -0700

UH president and chancellor Renu Khator is the seventh-highest paid public university president, cashing paychecks that top her peers' income at private Princeton and Harvard – the nation's top two colleges. In fact, those presidents aren't even in the ...

Houston Chronicle (subscription)

Houston Chronicle (subscription)
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:18:45 -0700

Since President Renu Khator took over in 2008, the school's on-campus dorm capacity has nearly doubled to more than 8,000. And research funding has grown enough for the school to be named a tier one research institution by the Carnegie Foundation in ...

The Daily Cougar

The Daily Cougar
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:56:15 -0700

In fact, college football attendance across the nation has taken a hit. Student attendance at college football games is down 7.1 percent since 2009, according to The Wall Street Journal. They're blaming increasing ticket prices, but that doesn't affect ...
El Paso Times
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:11:15 -0700

... and San Antonio. Kaplan "has had distinguished careers in business and academia, and has the right combination of leadership skills, business experience and public-service mind-set," for the job, Renu Khator, Dallas Fed board chair, said in a ...
Houston Chronicle (subscription)
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:26:15 -0700

University officials have refused to provide details, but President Renu Khator said in a statement in March that "those who engage in such reckless and immature behavior will be punished to the full extent of the law and in accordance with University ...

Houston Chronicle (subscription)

Houston Chronicle (subscription)
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:03:45 -0700

The long-term goal is to be attractive for the next round of conference realignment, a timetable UH president Renu Khator said makes the next two years "very, very important" in building a nationally relevant program. "We have a short window of ...

The Daily Cougar

The Daily Cougar
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:06:00 -0700

The event will consist of talks from UH Chancellor Renu Khator, Herman and the team captains, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Hunter Yurachek and SGA President Shaun Theriot-Smith, followed by an autograph session with Herman and ...

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