Renu Khator is Chancellor of the University of Houston System and President of the University of Houston, overseeing a four-university organization that serves nearly 70,000 students, has an annual budget that exceeds $1.5 billion and generates a $3.8 billion-plus impact on the Greater Houston area’s economy each year.
During her tenure as chancellor, the UH System has grown substantially, including expansion of UH-Clear Lake and UH-Victoria into full four-year institutions. Under her leadership as president, the University of Houston has experienced record-breaking research funding, enrollment and private donations. As part of a $1-billion campus construction program, UH launched its 74-acre Energy Research Park, opened its new 40,000-seat TDECU Stadium and increased student residence hall capacity to 8,000, the second highest in Texas. Designated as a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Foundation, UH has also been recognized by the Princeton Review for excellence in undergraduate education, by U.S. News & World Report as a top-tier institution and by the Chronicle of Higher Education as an exceptional workplace.
Khator, who was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, completed her graduate studies at Purdue University, earning a master’s and doctorate in political science. A noted scholar in the field of global environmental policy, she has authored several books and articles on this subject. The first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive public research university in the United States, Khator was appointed in 2008. She is the first female chancellor of a Texas higher education system.