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Renu Khator
Renu Khator 2010-2.jpg
Chancellor, University of Houston System
President, University of Houston
Term January 15, 2008 – present
Predecessor Jay Gogue
Born June 29, 1955
Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh
(India)
Alma mater Kanpur University
Purdue University
Residence Wortham House
Houston, Texas (USA)
Religion Hindu
Spouse Suresh Khator (1974—)
Children Pooja Khator
Parul Khator
Website 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 second 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] and is the second Indian American to lead an accredited university in the United States following Beheruz Sethna of the University of West Georgia.[3]

Career[edit]

Prior to moving to the United States, Khator earned a bachelor's degree from the Kanpur University in 1973.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Khator was born in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh (India). Through a traditional arranged marriage, she married her husband, Suresh, in 1974.[7] 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.[8] 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.

References[edit]

  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". India Abroad. 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2009-04-24. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Columbia University C250: Beheruz N. Sethna". Columbia University. 2004. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "uh.edu/news-events". 
  7. ^ Colavecchio-Van Sickler, Shannon (2007-10-16). "Longtime USF administrator is leaving". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  8. ^ 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. 

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Preceded by
Jay Gogue
Chancellor of the University of Houston System
2008–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jay Gogue
President of the University of Houston
2008–present
Incumbent

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Houston Press (blog)
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:13:41 -0700

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Chron.com
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:03:42 -0700

A conservative group has filed a criminal complaint against state Sen. John Whitmire, accusing him of coercion in an exchange of text messages with University of Houston President Renu Khator that was published in the Houston Chronicle. In the Aug.
 
Houston Chronicle
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:47:00 -0700

After a lengthy exchange with an angry state senator on Saturday, University of Houston Chancellor and President Renu Khator killed a plan to require most freshmen to live on campus, according to text messages the Houston Chronicle obtained Tuesday.
 
Houston Press (blog)
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:36:43 -0700

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Houston Business Journal
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:18:45 -0700

Given the added benefit of experiencing our dynamic city, Houston, I am not surprised that the best and the brightest have chosen to enroll at UH,” said Renu Khator, president of the University of Houston, in a statement. “Our record enrollment ...
 
The Daily Cougar
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 03:00:57 -0700

In a text message conversation with Whitmire, Chancellor Renu Khator said the plan was “dead.” In order to mend relations between UH and Whitmire, Haston reached out to Whitmire on Aug. 21 in a Facebook message inviting him to the first student senate ...
 
The Daily Cougar
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:03:37 -0700

You may already have noticed a change or two about the UH campus this semester. With many ongoing construction projects nearing completion, the campus is a sight to see. As these changes continue to flood in, alumni and recent graduates might not even ...
 
Houston Chronicle
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:18:48 -0700

A plan to require University of Houston freshmen to live on campus stalled Monday after drawing "mixed feedback," including criticism from an angry state senator who warned UH not to lose sight of its history as a haven for working-class students. The ...
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