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

Toward the end of a thorough ass-chewing via text with Senator John Whitmire over a student housing proposal, UH President Renu Khator did what public officials who screw up have done from time immemorial: she blamed the messenger. You see ...
Houston Chronicle
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -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 Chronicle
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0700

We weren't shocked by his recent text exchange with University of Houston Chancellor and President Renu Khator in which he played the pit bull and she the chew toy. We also weren't surprised that he handed over the texts to a reporter. For the record ...
The Daily Cougar
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:01:40 -0700

UH has increased on-campus living facilities radically since President and Chancellor Renu Khator was appointed in 2008. Thanks to the three new dorms built — Cougar Villages 1 and 2 and the Calhoun Lofts, along with the reconstruction of Cougar Place ...
The Daily Cougar
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:56:15 -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 16:11:37 -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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The Daily Cougar
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:52:30 -0700

Within a matter of a few days, Texas state senator and UH alumnus John Whitmire, an avid opponent of the proposal, contacted President and Chancellor Renu Khator. By the end of the conversation, Whitmire was assured that the “bill was dead” and “no ...
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:41:56 -0700

Since taking over in 2008, UH System Chancellor and President Renu Khator has worked to transform a once mediocre public university into a top-tier research institution. Making Houston a more residential university, where students live and learn on ...

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