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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—)
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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Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:49:23 -0700

The University of Houston has gained ground in its quest to become a first-class research university. On Wednesday, Chancellor Renu Khator offered the first public glimpse of her next aspiration for UH - admission into an elite group of North America's ...
CultureMap Houston
Thu, 07 May 2015 08:02:08 -0700

UHAA Gala 2015 Charles Haston, Cedric Bandoh, Kelley Poblete, Renu Khator. Charles Haston, from left, Cedric Bandoh, Kelley Poblete and Renu Khator. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com. News, Shelby, UH Alumni Association gala, May ...

Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:37:30 -0700

Yurachek said a recently completed feasibility study on Hofheinz Pavilion will be presented to school president Renu Khator and the UH System board of regents. "We have to move forward with a major renovation to that facility," Yurachek said. "That's ...

The Daily Cougar

The Daily Cougar
Tue, 12 May 2015 19:03:45 -0700

Renu Khator made a visit to the sorority houses at Bayou Oaks Tuesday morning in an effort to reassure students that UHPD is taking the recent rumors of gang threats seriously. Visited sororities to reassure students. No evidence to substantiate rumors ...

India West

India West
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:01:37 -0700

Renu Khator, the Indian American chancellor of the University of Houston System, was named chair of the American Council on Education Mar. 16. (University of Houston photo). Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015 1:15 pm. Chancellor Renu Khator Named ...


Tue, 19 May 2015 13:31:32 -0700

UH Chancellor Renu KHator, also the president of the main campus, tweeted that the Senate vote brought UH "One step closer to getting relief for capital construction on campus." The lack of state bonds hasn't kept UH from building, though. Over the ...
Austin American-Statesman (blog)
Thu, 21 May 2015 06:18:45 -0700

Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of its flagship campus, posted a photograph on Twitter of her and the other chancellors. “Six smiling chancellors,” she wrote. The others were Bill McRaven of the University of ...


Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:20:44 -0800

"We really are at a tipping point," University of Houston President and Chancellor Renu Khator told the Chronicle recently. "We've done a lot in seven years, but the potential, looking at where Houston is, for this university, is great." It is, indeed ...

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