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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
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]


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.


  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
Preceded by
Jay Gogue
President of the University of Houston

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:56:15 -0700

President Renu Khator has high hopes for new head coach Kelvin Sampson (right) after the two clicked in their first meeting. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar. It took only 10 minutes for Kelvin Sampson to convince President and Chancellor Renu Khator ...
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Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:16:09 -0700

For a compulsory fee to be implemented, it must go through administrators and President and Chancellor Renu Khator before being passed by the state legislature. Currently, auxiliary services at the University include the bookstore, copy center, Cougar ...
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UH president Renu Khator joins vice president for intercollegiate athletics Mack Rhoades, left, in welcoming Kelvin Sampson into the fold Thursday. Kelvin Sampson throws up UH's "Cougar Paw" sign after being introduced as the school's. Photo By Billy ...
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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:56:15 -0700

President and Chancellor Renu Khator approved an intensive, full-depth pavement replacement of Cullen Boulevard between Elgin and Wheeler beginning in May at the proposal of the City of Houston. Cullen Boulevard, a sore topic for many student drivers, ...


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Some of the prominent women leaders such as Nisha Desai Biswal, US assistant secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs; actor Priyanka Chopra, Shabana Azmi, and Renu Khator, president of University of Houston, will also address the forum.
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“Dr. Morgan has the right blend of experience, accomplishments and understanding of vital transitional issues such as the SACS [Southern Association of Colleges and Schools] accreditation process,” said UH System Chancellor Renu Khator. “He is a proven ...

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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:58:39 -0700

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