Renu Khator holds the dual titles of chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston, dual posts she has held since 2008.
As chancellor of the UH System, she oversees an organization that serves more than 70,000 students, has a budget that exceeds $1.7 billion, and has a $6 billion-plus economic impact on the Greater Houston area each year.
As president of the University of Houston, she is the chief executive officer of the largest and oldest of the four UH System universities. UH enrolls almost 44,000, students, offers 280 undergraduate and graduate programs and awards 9,200 degrees each year.
During her tenure, UH has experienced record-breaking research funding, enrollment and private support. As part of a $1-billion campus construction program, UH launched its 75-acre Energy Research Park, which is now home to several start-up companies, research enterprises and academic programs, opened a 40,000-seat football stadium and increased student residence hall capacity to 8,000, the second highest in Texas. In addition, UH has completed an $80 million transformation of its Student Center and opened a six-story Health and Biomedical Sciences Building.
In 2011, UH became a Tier One university, with the Carnegie Foundation elevating it into the top category of research universities. The university was also recognized by the Princeton Review for excellence in undergraduate education and by the Chronicle for Higher Education as an exceptional workplace.
Khator was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Kanpur. She received her master’s degree and her Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University.
She has won numerous awards and serves on a variety of local, state, and national boards and councils, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, the American Council on Education, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where she is chair.
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