Renu Khator / Image – UH
Renu Khator, an Indian American academic, has been named a recipient of the Houston Business Journal's Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2023 Women Who Mean Business Awards.
Khattar has been serving as a chancellor of the University of Houston (UH) System and president at UH's main campus for the last nearly fifteen years. During this time, she has been instrumental in transforming the university into a nationally recognized institution.
The school currently has an enrollment of more than 46,000 students and offers more than 275 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, and it has a $6.4 billion economic impact on the Greater Houston area each year. The first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive research university in the United States, she is the UH System’s first woman chancellor.
Khator, a member of numerous boards, has served as an advisor and on committees and councils for several Indian Prime Ministers. Her alma mater, as well as Swansea University, have both bestowed an honorary doctorate degree on her. She has been named Houstonian of the Year, and inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 2014.
Prior to her appointment at UH, she was provost and senior vice president at the University of South Florida. Born in India, Khator earned her bachelor's degree from Kanpur University, India and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University in the US.