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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. 

External links[edit]

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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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The Daily Cougar
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:56:15 -0700

Chancellor and President Renu Khator after receiving an honorary degree from Swensea University. Khator has also formed a partnership through a memorandum of understanding with the University of Zagreb this summer. | Photo courtesy of Kevin Sullivan.
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0700

One of the 29 people nominated to be UF's president, Renu Khator, the chancellor of the University of Houston system, earned $1.26 million in 2013. When the Board of Trustees last conducted its search for a successor to Machen, in 2012, Mercer found an ...
Your Houston News
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:03:45 -0700

University of Houston President Renu Khator said the opportunity will be outstanding for the university's theatre students as well. “In addition to specific internships, simply sharing the hallways is a wonderful chance for our students to make ...
The American Bazaar
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0700

Renu Khator – Khator is the 13th president of the University of Houston System of colleges. She is the first female Indian American to be the president of a major research university anywhere in the United States. She earned her bachelor's degree in ...

Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:19:43 -0700

UH president and system chancellor Renu Khator said she came away impressed from her first meeting with TDECU - down to the company's red colors. "We were looking for a partner that brings a passion for academics and passion for the same values," ...
The Daily Cougar
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:01:03 -0700

From left to right: Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor of Architecture, Patricia Oliver, Dean of the college of Architecture, Gerald D. Hines of Hines Interests, President Renu Khator and her husband Associate Dean Suresh Khator, and Michael Rotondi ...
Killeen Daily Herald
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:23:12 -0700

Currently, only Renu Khator at the University of Houston System and Cigarroa, who plans to return to pediatric transplant surgery following his resignation, fit that bill. While neither McRaven nor Fisher are steeped in academia or politics, those ...
Your Houston News
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:15:27 -0700

“This recognition underscores the University's continuing commitment to support economic development in our region through mutually beneficial partnerships,” said UH President Renu Khator. “It is gratifying to have the success of our efforts ...

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