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Renu Khator
Renu Khator 2010-2.jpg
8th Chancellor of the
University of Houston System
Assumed office
January 15, 2008
Preceded by Jay Gogue
13th President of the
University of Houston
Assumed office
January 15, 2008
Preceded by Jay Gogue
Personal details
Born June 29, 1955
Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Spouse(s) Suresh Khator (m. 1974)
Children Pooja Khator
Parul Khator
Residence Wortham House
Houston, Texas (U.S.)
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" (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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Dallas Morning News (blog)

Dallas Morning News (blog)
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:40:43 -0800

UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven and UH System Chancellor Renu Khator. (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News). AUSTIN — The University of Texas System announced 18 members that will serve on an advisory task force for the system's ...

CultureMap Houston

CultureMap Houston
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:07:30 -0800

Joining in the revelry were Fertitta's University of Houston family (he chairs the board), chancellor and president Renu Khator and professor Suresh Khator, UH football coach Tom Herman and wife Michelle and UH athletic director Hunter Yuracheck and ...

Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:07:30 -0800

University of Houston Chancellor Renu Khator, who has presided over spectacular growth and change during her eight-year tenure, insists that UH isn't worried about competing with a UT institution, except for one salient fact: The University of Texas ...

The National Law Journal (registration)

The National Law Journal (registration)
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:41:15 -0800

“His life's work, including his many leadership roles, reflects his commitment to promoting access to higher education,” University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator wrote in an announcement Wednesday of the appointment. Olivas replaces William ...

The Daily Cougar

The Daily Cougar
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 03:08:20 -0700

As UH Alumni, we are proud of the transformation that has happened on campus over the past few years, and much of it is the building of Renu Khator's legacy as one of the best leaders UH has ever had in its storied history. Never been more proud to ...

The Indian Panorama

The Indian Panorama
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:29:10 -0800

... Padma Shri Ashok Mago; Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX 22nd District); Harris County Judge Ed Emmett; Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardee and Chancellor & President, University of Houston, Dr. Renu Khator; Consul General, Mr. Harish Parvathaneni; ...

The Daily Cougar

The Daily Cougar
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 03:09:33 -0800

Prominent figures like President Renu Khator and head football coach Tom Herman are kick-starting the campaign with their portraits of what makes them UH, as well as sophomore Honors College and Bauer student Brinda Penmetsa, was one of the ...

The Daily Cougar

The Daily Cougar
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 03:09:33 -0800

The Higher Education Coordinating Board hasn't approved UT's expansion, a breath of relief from anyone rooting for UH. Ultimately, being the head of a university is a business. President and Chancellor Renu Khator is our CEO, just like System ...

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