Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston, has been named deputy chair of the Dallas Federal Reserve branch for 2014. She has served on the Dallas Fed’s board since 2011.
The Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13 made the appointments for the 12 Federal Reserve Banks nationwide.
Each Federal Reserve Bank has a nine-member board, and every year the Fed's board of governors appoints three of the local directors and designates a chair and a deputy chair. J.C. Penney Inc. CEO Mike Ullman was named chair of the Dallas Fed.
Khator took the dual position of chancellor and president at UH in 2008, becoming the system’s first woman chancellor, the University’s first foreign-born president and the first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive research university in the U.S.
Under Khator’s leadership, UH has experienced record-breaking research funding, enrollment and private support and was given Tier One University status by the Carnegie Foundation.
Khator holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kanpur and a master's degree and Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University. She is a noted scholar in the field of global environmental policy and has published numerous books and articles on the subject.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has included her among its Outstanding Americans by Choice awardees, recognizing her achievements as a naturalized citizen. She and her husband, Suresh Khator, associate dean in the UH Cullen College of Engineering, were honored with the prestigious Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) award, given to nonresident Indians for making outstanding contributions in their field. Purdue University awarded her its Doctor of Social Sciences degree, honoris causa. She is featured in the American Council on Education's video “The Joys of the Presidency.”
Khator recently joined some of the world’s most respected leaders when she was named to the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council. She serves on several boards, including the American Council on Education, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Technology Center, the Texas Medical Center Policy Council, the Methodist Hospital Research Institute Board, and the Business Higher Education Forum. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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