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Renu Khator
Renu Khator 2010-2.jpg
Chancellor, University of Houston System
President, University of Houston
In office
January 15, 2008 – present
Preceded by Jay Gogue
Personal details
Born June 29, 1955
Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh
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 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". 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. 

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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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Your Houston News
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:22:30 -0800

University of Houston President and UH System Chancellor Renu Khator is set to lead the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Khator recently was announced as the board's chair. Khator joined the board in 2011 and was appointed ...

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:39:03 -0800

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., today named Renu Khator, chancellor and president of the University of Houston, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas for 2015. She will replace Mike Ullman, chief executive of J.C. ...

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Victoria Advocate
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:42:06 -0700

A 23-page document outlines a troubled relationship between the University of Houston-Victoria and the University of Houston System, leading to what former President Phil Castille called his illegal firing. Renu Khator, University of Houston System ...

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The Daily Cougar
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:59:58 -0800

President and chancellor Renu Khator announced an internal audit of the use of $5 million earmarked for academics on its new football stadium on Friday. The investigation, which was initiated after Khator said she filed an anonymous complaint through ...
Victoria Advocate
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:18:45 -0800

Before Thursday night's address, Patillo and several other members of the UHV Work Group, which drafted a plan presented to Chancellor Renu Khator, were prepared to release an alternate plan after refusing to sign the Work Group's report. "It was ...

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:09:44 -0800

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:13:41 -0700

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Wed, 05 Nov 2014 03:01:07 -0800

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