Curriculum Vitae of Renu Khator


Ph.D. 1985. Purdue University (Political Science/Public Administration)
M.A. 1975. Purdue University (Political Science)
B.A. 1973. Kanpur University, India (Liberal Arts)

Administrative Appointments (Current)

Chancellor, University of Houston System (January 15, 2008 – present)

The UH System consists of four independently accredited universities—The University of and Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Houston-Victoria—and four branch campuses in Sugar Land, Pearland, Cinco Ranch, and Northwest.  Nearly 68,000 students are enrolled in 450+ degree programs including 109 that are offered completely online. The UH System graduates 13,000 students a year and has a base of 415,000 alumni.

President, University of Houston
 (January 15, 2008 – present)

The University of Houston is the flagship of the UH System and one of only four Carnegie designated research extensive universities in Texas. Nearly 41,000 students are enrolled in more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs offered by 13 colleges. Substantial academic partnerships exist with several countries.

Highlights of Current Administration

  • The University of Houston has been transformed from a regional, commuter, “research-intensive” university to a national, residential and “research-extensive” university.  Just in seven years, the University of Houston has found its way on many national and international lists, including
    1. Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching’s top tier of research universities
    2. Top American Research University (TARU),
    3. Princeton Review’s Best Colleges,
    4. Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges,
    5. US News & World Report’s ranking for national universities,
    6. Texas Legislature’s list for National Research University,
    7. APLU’s “Innovation and Economic Prosperity” Award (2014),
    8. Several World University Rankings, including Times Higher Education, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and US News Global Universities,
    9. US News & World Report rankings for graduate programs (3 additional programs have been ranked in the top 50.
    10. White House’ College Scorecard (highest rating for affordability)
    11. White House Honor Roll for Community Engagement (2013)
    12. Chronicle of Higher Education Best Colleges to Work For
    13. Finally, the University of Houston now has the second largest campus housing in the State of Texas.
  • At least one member of the National Academy of Sciences or Engineering has been added to the faculty roster every year since 2008.  Prior to that time, the last NAE member to join the University of Houston was in 1984.
  • Nearly 30 National Merit Scholars join the University of Houston each year, as opposed to just 6 in 2007.
  • An Energy Research Park was launched in 2010 and an Office of Technology Transfer was opened in the same year. Today,
    1. Filing of patents and new discoveries has tripled during this time.
    2. The Texas Collegiate Regional Center has committed to investing $25million as seed money for start-up companies in the Energy Research Park in 2014.
    3. The University has experienced a 1,373% growth in patent income since 2008.  UH is ranked #10 among all public U.S. universities (#1 among all public U.S. universities without a medical school) for royalty income according to the Association of University Technology Managers, 2013 Licensing Activity Survey (2014).
  • A $1 billion construction program has been completed that includes
    1. Football stadium,
    2. Expansion of Student Center,
    3. Student housing (Freshmen Housing, Sophomore housing, All student housing ),
    4. Dining facilities (Cougar Woods and Fresh Food Company),
    5. Two large parking garages,
    6. Classroom and Teaching Lab Building,
    7. Business and Classroom Building,
    8. Health and Biomedical Sciences Building
    9. Engineering and Research Building (under construction)
    10. Basketball Practice Facility and Renovation of Arena (underway)
    11. Health and Biomedical Building II (in design)
    12. Housing and academic buildings at UH Victoria
    13. Major renovation of buildings in the Energy Research Park
    14. Acquisition of 150 acres of land around campus for future expansion
  • UH is among top 100 institutions internationally for producing Fortune Global 500 CEOs according to Times Higher Education (August 2013).
  • UH was recognized by the White House on their 2014 College Scorecard for (i) low tuition; (ii) lower than average student loan default rates; and (iii) low student loan borrowing rates. UH’s score on all three metrics, places it in the top 2% of four-year institutions nationwide.
  • UH was one of only four universities honored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) with a 2014 Innovation and Economic Prosperity award for its work promoting regional economic development. 
  • University of Houston ranks #26 among doctoral institutions for international student enrollment (2014, Open Doors).
  • The University of Houston is nation’s 2nd most diverse research university, according to the US News & World Report (2013). 
  • The University of Houston became a member of the Texas Medical Center (2012) and subsequently launched a Health Science Center (February 2013). Currently several joint admissions programs (7 and 8 year BS-MD, MD-JD) and many collaborative research programs exist with three medical schools in the Greater Houston area and with the Texas Medical Center.  
  • Two new campuses were launched in Pearland and Northwest and two of the universities within the UH System transformed from upper division to four-year universities.

Since 2008, the University of Houston has seen an unprecedented growth in enrollment (18%), research expenditures (80%), and annual giving (75%).This enrollment growth has been achieved during the same time period when the average SAT of freshmen class rose by 88 points (from 1055 to 1143) and the freshmen acceptance rate decreased by 14% (from 77% to 63%).  

Administrative Appointments (Past)

Provost and Senior Vice President, University of South Florida (July 2003 - November 2007)

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida (July, 2000 - June, 2003)

Director/Chair, Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) Department University of South Florida (August 1997- June 2000)

Faculty Assistant to President, University of South Florida (May 1995 - August 1997)

Director of Graduate Programs, 
Department of Government & International Affairs 
University of South Florida (1990 - 1993)

Academic Appointments

Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Houston
(January 15, 2008 – present)

Professor, Government and International Affairs,
University of South Florida
(1995 – 2007)

Associate Professor, Government and International Affairs,
University of South Florida
(1991 – 1995)

Visiting Fellow, Department of Public and Social Administration,
City Polytechnic of Hong Kong (now City University of Hong Kong)
(August 1989 – June 1990)

Assistant Professor, Political Science,
University of South Florida
(1987 – 1991)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science
University of South Florida
(1985 – 1987)

Board and Committee Memberships (Current)

National and International

Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council (2009 – present)

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (11th District). Chair (starting in January 2015). Board of Director (2011 – present)

American Council on Education (ACE). Chair-elect.  Board of Directors (2011 – present)

Council on Foreign Relations Member (2011)

Urban Serving Universities Board of Directors/Secretary (2009 – present)

Business-Higher Education Forum Board of Directors (2009 – present)


Executive Committee, Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC)

Texas International Education Consortium (2008 – present)


Board of Directors, Houston Technology Center (2009 – present)

Institute of International Education, Southern Regional Center (2009-present)

Advisory Board, Arts of India Leadership Committee, Museum of Fine Arts Houston (2009 – present)

Board of Advisors, Indian-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (2008 – present)

Texas Medical Center CEO Group (2008 – 2014)

The Methodist Hospital Research Institute Board (2008 – 2014)

Board and Committee Memberships (Past)


Hillsborough Education Foundation Board (2005-2007)
Kiran C. Patel Charter School, President of the Board (2003-2007)

Moffitt Cancer Hospital Board of Directors (2000-2007)
Member, University Area Community Development Board (2004-2007)

Member, University of South Florida Research Foundation Board (2003-2007)

University of South Florida Foundation Board (1998-2007)

Lowry Park Zoo Board of Directors (2001-2007)
Girl Scouts—Sun Coast Chapter, Secretary and Board of Directors (2002-2005)
Athena Executive Women’s Association Executive Board (1999-2001)

WEDU Channel 3 Public Television Community Advisory Board (1999-2001)

City of Clearwater Brownfield Advisory Board (1999-2005)

City of Tampa’s Environmental Taskforce (1999-2000)
US-Africa Free Education Enterprise Board (1998-2000)


EPA’s National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology (2004-2007)
President, RC4, International Political Science Association (2003-2009)
Board of Directors, Greater Houston Partnership (2008 – 2014) 

Community Presentations

Renu Khator has been a frequent speaker at a wide variety of civic, social and community functions on issues related to higher education, women’s empowerment and globalization.  She has appeared on numerous television shows and some public speeches have been shown more than 50 times on local public access channels.  In addition, she has served as a judge at the Miss India USA pageant and appeared as a poet and performer (in Hindi) at a number of local events.  She hosted an evening of cinema at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s film series “Movies Houstonians Love.”

Honors and Awards

Honorary Doctorates

Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Swansea University, Wales, UK. July 2014.

Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa, from Purdue University. May 2009.

Other Selected Honors

Excellence in Leadership Award, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2015

Pride of India Award, 2014

Civil Rights Hero’s Award by Anti-Defamation League of Houston, 2014

Rotary International Paul Harris Award, 2014

President’s Award, NASPA, 2014

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, highest honor bestowed upon non-resident Indians and awarded by the President of India (2014)

President of the Year, Association of College Unions International, 2014

International Executive of the Year, Greater Houston Partnership, 2012

Women in Science, BioHouston, 2013

Texas Executive Women “Women on the Move,” 2010

Achievement Award, Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin, 2010.

Arrival Award (Recognizing Immigrant Achievement), UH Law Center Immigration Clinic, 2009

Outstanding Americans by Choice Award given by the United States Citizenship  and Immigration Services to recognize outstanding achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens, December 2007.

Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) Award given to Indians living abroad for making outstanding contributions in their field, presented in New Delhi. 2007.

Distinguished Alumnus Award from Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts, 2006.

Outstanding Educator Award from the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture for enhancing Hellenic studies, 2006.

Meteor Award in recognition of support for enhancing status of women at the University of South Florida by Department of Women’s Studies at Women of Color Conference, 2005.

Media Profiles and News Articles

Links to many of these can be found at:


From 1988 – 2007

More than $2 million of external funding from international agencies CNPq, (the Brazilian equivalent of NSF), federal agencies (NSF, EPA, International City County Management Association), state agencies (Florida Department of Community Affairs), regional agencies (Southwest Florida Water Management District), and local agencies (Hillsborough County) to support research projects.

From 2008 to present

NSF, ADVANCE grant, PI - $3.5 million

Teaching Interests

Courses taught (University of South Florida)

Global Climate Change

Florida Brownfields and Their Policy Implications

Seminar in Florida Water Policy

Introduction to Environmental Policy

Geographical Perspectives

Contemporary Issues in Asian Politics (New College)

Social Science Honors Seminar (University Honor’s Program)
Environmental Politics and Policy – India, China and Pakistan

Government and Politics of Asia (also for International Studies Program)

South Asian Politics

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Empirical Political Analysis

American Congress (also for Open University)
Women in Developing Areas (Women's Studies Program)

Introduction to Public and Social Administration (in Hong Kong)
Principles of Public Administration (Public Administration Program, Hong Kong)
Comparative Public Policy (Public Administration Program, Hong Kong)

Independent Advisor for BIS program (Bachelor’s of Independent Studies).

Doctoral Dissertations

Served as a member of 25 Dissertation Committees – 15 from Indian universities (University of Madras, Utkal University, and Bhubaneshwar University), 3 from Brazilian universities, and the remaining from the University of South Florida from various departments, including Environmental Engineering, Communication, Anthropology and Biology.

Master’s Theses
Directed and served on several master’s degree theses in Political Science and Environmental Science and Policy.

Bachelor’s Honors Theses
An exit requirement for honors students at the University of South Florida. Directed and served on many of these committees. 

Research Publications


Vajpeyi, Dhirendra and Renu Khator. eds. (2007). Globalization, Governance, and Technology: Challenges and Alternatives. New Delhi: Deep & Deep Publications.

Dwivedi, O.P., Renu Khator and Jorge Nef (2007). Managing Development in a Global Context. Palgrave McMillan.

Jain, R.B. & Khator, R. (Eds.) (1999). Bureaucracy-citizen Interface: Conflict and Consensus. BR Publishing Corporation, New Delhi.

Garcia-Zamor, Jean-Claude & Khator, R. (Eds.) (1994). Public Administration in the Global Village. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Khator, R. (1991). Environment, Politics and Development in India. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc.

Book Chapters and Journal Articles (2000-2007)

Dwivedi, O.P. & Renu Khator. (2007). The Earth Charter: Towards a New Global Environmental Ethic. Handbook of Globalization, Governance, and Public Administration, edited by Ali Farazmand and Jack Pinkowski, New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, Inc. 1019-1034.

Khator, Renu (2007). "Good Governance: An American Perspective in the Global Context," in R.B. Jain (ed.) Governing Development Across Cultures: Challenges and Dilemmas of an Emerging Sub-discipline in Political Science, Opladen, Germany: Barbara Budrich Publishers, pages 111-127.

Khator, R. & Lisa Fairchild (2006). The Evolution of “Sustainable Development.” In Rebecca Lee Harris (Ed.), Globalization and Sustainable Development: Issues and Applications. Tampa, FL: Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions (University of South Florida). 13-22.

Khator, R. (2005). Impact of Globalization on Florida’s Environment: Will the Economy Outpace the Environment?. In Mark Amen (Ed.), Florida’s Global Frontiers: Impact of Trade Liberalization. Tampa, FL: Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions (University of South Florida). 91-122.

Glover, Kofi & R. Khator (2005). Civic Engagement and Education in Ghana and Brazil: A Study in Good Governance. In R.B. Jain (Ed.), Globalization and Good Governance: Pressures for Constructive Reform. New Delhi, India: Deep and Deep. 103-122.

Khator, R. (2004). International Environmental Policy as a Life Support System Response. In Encyclopedia of Institutional and Infrastructure Resources, edited by Saskia Sassen, in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), edited by K. Tummala, Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK, [].

Khator, R. (2003). Metropolitan Governance and Community Engagement. In R.C. Tripathi, A. Prasad, & S. Awasthi (Eds.), Heritage, Government and Equity, (pp. 657-673). Delhi, India: Agam Kala Prakashan.

Khator, R. (2002). Water Conflict and Security in South Asia. In R.B. Jain (Ed.), Environment and Security in South Asia. Paris, France: L'Harmattam.

Brinkmann, R. & Khator, R. (2002). Electronic Wastes in the United States -- A Review. In B.E. Montz & G.A. Tobin (Eds.), Papers and Proceedings of the Applied Geography Conferences, (pp. 123-128).

Khator, R. (2002). Good Governance in the Global City: Chicago. In E.K. Park (Ed.), New Ideas for Good Governance in Global Cities: Case Studies of Seoul, Berlin and Chicago. Proceedings of the International Seminar on Local Autonomy, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea (pp. 103-115). (Not refereed.)

Kabra, R. & Khator, R. (2001). The 1994 Plague Outbreak in Surat, India: Social Networks and Disaster Management. In A. Farazmand (Ed.), Handbook of Crisis and Emergency Management, (pp. 521-529). New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, Inc.

Khator, R. & Kabra, R. (2001). Deforestation in India: A Critical Assessment Using the Sustainable Development Framework. In D.K. Vajpeyi (Ed.), Deforestation, Environment and Sustainable Development: A Comparative Analysis (pp. 47-70). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Khator, R. & Ayers-Brunson, N. (2001). Creating Networks for Inter-organizational Settings: A Two-year Follow-up Study on Determinants. In M. Mandell (Ed.), Networks and Inter-organizational Settings (pp. 154-166). Westport, CT: Quorum Books.

Khator, R. & Kabra, R. (2001). Sustainable Development in Central and Eastern Europe: Lessons for Developing Countries. In R.B. Jain (Ed.), Restructuring Command Economy to Market Economy: Relevance of Eastern European Experiences to Developing Countries (pp. 373-387). New Delhi, India: Sage.

Khator, R. (2000). Ethics in the International Environmental Debate: Explaining the Gap between Expected and Observed Behavior,” Public Integrity, 2:3: 247-262.

Khator, R. (1999). Networking to Achieve Alternative Regulation: Case Studies from Florida’s National Estuary Programs. Policy Studies Review, 16:1: 65-85.

Khator, R. (1999). From One-party Dominance to No-party Dominance: A Study of the Indian Party System. In M. Rimanelli (Ed.), Comparative Democratization and Peaceful Change in Single-Party-Dominant Countries. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press.

Khator, R. (1999). Human Rights and the World Trade Organization: New Administrative Challenges. In R. Pitschas (Ed.), Globalization of Economy: Challenges to the Development of Law and Administration in the Member States of the WTO. Proceedings of a conference held by Holchshcule Fur Verwaltungswissenschaften, Speyer, Germany. (Not refereed.)

Khator, R. (1999). Conflict, Bureaucracy and the Environment. In R.B. Jain and R. Khator (Eds.), Bureaucracy Citizen Interface: Conflict and Consensus, (pp. 61-81). New Delhi, India: B.R. Publishing Corporation.

Khator, R. (1998). Organisational Response to the Environmental Crisis in India. The Indian Journal of Political Science, 49:1: 1-26.

Khator, R. (1998). Turning the Tide: India’s Fifty Years of Planning in Environmental Protection. In Y.K. Malik & A. Kapur (Eds.), India: Fifty Years of Democracy and Development, (pp. 255-284). New Delhi, India: APH Publishing.

Khator, R. (1998). The New Paradigm: From Development Administration to Sustainable Development Administration. International Journal of Public Administration, 21:12: 1777-1801.

Khator, R. (1997). Professionalism in Bureaucracy: An Indian Perspective. In A. Farazmand (Ed.), Modern Systems of Government: Exploring the Role of Bureaucrats and Politicians. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Khator, R. (1997). Public Administration in the 21st Century: Can Bureaucracy Facilitate Democratization? The Annals of Public Administration Research, 15: 105-124.

Khator R. (1997). Environmental Stewardship: The Emerging Western Perspective. In R.B. Jain (Ed.), Environmental Stewardship and Sustainable Development, (pp. 71-84). New Delhi, India: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

Khator, R. (1996). Public-Private Partnerships in Theory and Practice. Indian Journal of Public Affairs, 1: 37-59.

Dwivedi, O.P. & Khator, R. (1995). India's Environmental Policy, Programs, and Politics. In O.P. Dwivedi & D. Vajpeyi (Eds.), Policies in the Third World: A Comparative Analysis. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 47-69.

Khator R. (1995). Surviving in the Global Village: Bureaucracy and Democratization. In K.C. Sharma, et al. (Eds.), Bureaucracy and Democratization.

Khator R. (1994). The Role of Western Media in the Environmental Agenda-setting of Hong Kong. Journal of Contemporary China, 3: 25-39.

Khator, R. (1994). Development Lessons from Southeast and East Asia: What Can and Cannot be Repeated? In R.B. Jain & Heinz Bogartz (Eds.), Structural Adjustments and Bureaucracy in Developing Countries, (pp. 237-259). New Delhi, India: Har Anand Publications.

Khator, R. (1994). Bureaucracy and the Environmental Crisis: A Comparative Perspective. In Ali Farazmand (Ed.), Handbook of Bureaucracy (pp. 195-210). New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, Inc.

Khator, R. (1994). Managing the Environment in an Interdependent World. In Jean-Claude Garcia and R. Khator (Eds.), Public Administration in the Global Village, (pp. 83-98). Westport, CT: Greenwood/Praeger.

Khator, R. (1994). Street-level Bureaucrats and Environmentalism: A Survey Study. In H.K. Asmerom (Ed.), Bureaucracy and Development. The Netherlands: Free University Press.

Khator, R. (1994). Developing Recycling Markets in Florida. Florida Institute of Government's Megatrend Series. Tallahassee, FL. (Not refereed.)

Khator, R. (1994). “Coping with Coercion: Florida Counties and the State's Recycling Law," State and Local Government Review, 26:3.

Khator, R. (1993). The Political Economy of Recycling: A Nationwide Survey of Recycling Coordinators. BioCycle. (Not refereed.)

Khator, R. (1993). Recycling: A Policy Dilemma for American States. Policy Studies Journal, 21: 210-226.

Khator, R. & John Huffman (1993). A Survey of Recycling Coordinators. Biocycle, 34:10: 37.

Khator, R., Kathleen Ng & Hon S. Chan. (1992). Environmental Management and Street-level Regulators: A Cultural Trap? Public Administration and Development, 12: 387-397.

Khator, R. (1992). The Political Economy of Recycling in Florida. Governing Florida, 2: 17-21.

Khator, R. (1992). State Autonomy and Environmental Challenge in India. The Political Chronicle, 4: 9-18.

Khator, R. (1991). Environmental Strategies in the Third World. City Polytechnic of Hong Kong, Lecture Series No. 2. (Not refereed.)

Khator, R. (1991). Public Administration and Environmental Challenge. Indian Public Administration Review, Fall: 58-72.

Khator, R. (1990). Bureaucracy, Environmentalism and Industrial Policy. In K. Asmerom, Hoppe & R.B. Jain (Eds.), Bureaucracy in the Third World. The Netherlands: Free Press.

Khator, R. (1989). The Enforcement Gap: A Comparative Study of Indian, British, and American Pollution Regulations. Indian Journal of Public Administration, 35:3: 593-606.

Khator, R. & Ross, L. (1989). Water Pollution Policy in India. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 33: 79-91.

Khator, R. (1989). Public Participation: The Chipko Aandolan in India. Journal of Developing Societies, 5: 58-63.

Khator, R. (1989). Forests: The People and the Government. New Delhi, India: National Book Organization.

Khator, R. (1988). Organizational Response to the Environmental Crisis in India. Indian Journal of Political Science, 49: 1-26.

Khator, R. (1987). Political Activism and Mass Violence in India. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Asian Studies (Hong Kong), 9: 349-356.

Khator, R. (1987). Determinants of Policy Performance: An Empirical Examination of the Impact of Environmental Bureaucracy in India. Indian Journal of Public Administration, 33: 20-30.

Khator, R. (1985). Political Costs and Benefits: Implementation of Environmental Policy in Developing Countries. Environmental Impact Assessment of Water Resources Projects (Proceedings of the International Seminar held at W.R.D.T.C. University of Roorkee, December, 732-742). (Not refereed.)

Khator, R. (1984). Environment as a Political Issue in Developing Countries: A Study of Environmental Pollution in India—A Viewpoint. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 23: 105-112. 

Selected Publications - Opinion (2008 - Present)

“Innovate or Perish: The Future is Here.” Chapter 4. Presidential Perspective. Inspirational Innovation Series. 2014-15.

“A Health Center at UH Would Boost City's Medical Status.” Commentary for the Houston Chronicle.  March 7, 2013.

“At UH, Serving Hispanics Translates into Serving Houston.” Commentary for the Houston Chronicle. September 28, 2013.

“Coogs Town: The University of Houston shapes the Bayou City's Future Far Beyond $3.5 Billion Economic Impact.”  Commentary for CultureMap. January 25, 2012.

“Envisioning a Better Houston.” Column for HUM Magazine. July 2012.

“Houston: The City and the University, the Allure and the Promise.” Commentary for Houston History Magazine.  November 2011.

“Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling.”  Column for The Presidency, magazine of the American Council on Education.  Spring 2010.

“Big Win for UH on the Road to Tier One.” Opinion piece with Welcome W. Wilson Sr. Houston Chronicle.  June 21, 2009.

“Creating the Energy University.”  Commentary for GHP magazine Energy Capital Houston. 2009.

Selected Presentations

“Higher Education in Texas,” panelist at the Texas Tribune Festival, Austin, TX. 2014.

“The Future of Formal and Informal Learning,” Invited speaker at the Summit on the Future of the Library, by of the Association of Research Libraries at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. 2014.

“Partnering with K-12 and Community Colleges: Impacts on Student,” Panel at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities. 2014.

“Leadership in the Postsecondary Political Machine: Lessons for Men from Women” 4th Annual COACHE Women’s Leadership Forum at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities. 2014.

Opening Keynote: Answering the Call to Serve in Challenging Times. Opening Keynote at the Insitutute for New Presidents held by American Council on Education. Arlington, Virginia. 2012.

“Economic Insights: Competing in the Knowledge Society: What Will It Take?”  Presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  With Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Dallas Fed; and Dr. Kerri Briggs, director for education reform at the George W. Bush Institute at SMU. August 2011.

“Educating Ourselves:  Trends and Opportunities in Higher Education.” Presented by U.S. News & World Report.  May 2011.

“America’s Energy Future: Assessing Our Paths to Energy Security.” Moderator. Presented by the Greater Houston Partnership. With Dr. Daniel Sperling, board member of the California Air Resources Board and founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis; Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace Associate Director for the Rice Energy Program at Rice University; Clarence P. Cazalot Jr., President and CEO of Marathon Oil; Steve Winn, CEO of Nuclear Innovation, NRG; and Paul P. Bollinger Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Partnerships. March 2009.

“Houston Strategic Conference: Houston Growing Globally.” Keynote speaker. Presented by Houston Technology Center.  With Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., President & CEO, Marathon Oil; John Mendelsohn, M.D., President , M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; and Merrill A. "Pete" Miller, Jr., Chairman, President & CEO, National Oilwell Varco. December 2008.

“Houston Growing Globally.”  Presented by Houston Strategic Forum. With John Mendelsohn M.D., President, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., President and CEO, Marathon Oil; Robert E. Beauchamp, President and CEO, BMC Software; and Larry Kellner, Chairman and CEO, Continental Airlines. October 2008.

“Guiding the Next Generation of Female Leaders.” Presented by Global Leadership Network.  With astronaut Mae Jemison and BP vice president Kathleen Lucas. October 2008.

“Diversity Summit: Global Impact on Houston Economy.” Keynote speaker.  Presented by Association of Chinese American Professionals. With U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson; Dwaine Priestly, director U.S. Dept. of Commerce; and Richard Wainerdi, CEO of Texas Medical Center.  May 2008.


Conference Presentations (2000-2007)

These conference presentations are research presentations and cover the administrative period when Renu Khator served as Dean and Provost at the University of South Florida.

Renu Khator and Erin Steurer- “Globalization, Technology, and American Higher Education,” presented at the Globalization, Technology, and Development conference, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. April 2007.

Renu Khator and Kofi Glover- “On the Fringes of Globalization: The New Marginalized Class” presented at the International Political Science Association’s World Congress meeting in Fukuoka, Japan. July 2006.

Renu Khator- opening address and concluding remarks, presented at the Global Blues and Sustainable Development: The Emerging Challenges for Bureaucracy, Technology, and Governance Research Committee 4 regional meeting in Tampa, Florida. September 2005.

“Dialog on Sustainable Development: From Stockholm to Rio to Johannesburg and Beyond,” A Symposium on Globalization and the Environment. Tampa, Florida. April 2005.

“Impact of Globalization on Florida’s Environment: Will the Economy Outpace the Environment?” at the Florida’s Global Frontiers: Impact of Trade Liberalization Conference, Tampa, Florida. September 2004.

“Civic Engagement and Education in Ghana and Brazil: a Study in Good Governance,” (with Kofi Glover). World Congress Meeting of the International Political Science Association, Durban, South Africa. July 2003.

Panel chair and discussant. “Environmental Policy.” Florida Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Tampa. March 2003.

“Good Governance in Global Cities: Chicago,” International Seminar on Local Autonomy, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. October 2002.

“Self-governance and Local Autonomy in the United States.” International Conference on Self Governance in Seoul, Hanyang University, South Korea. October 2001.

Panelist, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (November 2001). Invited to organize and participate in a panel on “College Chairs as Leaders” at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences in Washington, D.C. November  2001.

“The Digital Divide: Ethical Implications for Developing Countries,” co-presenter with Suresh Khator. 2nd AmFiTan Conference on International Ethics at the University of South Florida. February 2001.

“Legal and Socio-economic Dynamics in Coastal Zone Management: Agent Based Modeling of Spatial Processes,” co-authored with Rafael Sperb and Roberto Pacheco.  Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Computer Mapping and GIS for Coastal Zone Management, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. June 2001.

“Ethical Implications of World Trade: Economic Growth, Human Rights and Environmental Consequences for Developing Countries,” presented at the AmFiTan Development Ethics Conference, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania., February 2000.


Date of Birth: June 29, 1955
Citizenship: American
Family: Husband Suresh, two daughters (Ophthalmologists) 

Travel: Argentine, Aruba, Austria, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Budapest, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Macau, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, The Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Prague, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, Wales