University of Houston

TMC Member Since 2009

The University of Houston serves more than 39,500 students in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs every year. UH offers a wealth of health science programs that prepare students for health and medical careers, address health-related scientific, engineering and policy issues, and offer clinical programs directly involved in patient care. UH enrolls more than 11,000 students in 97 health-related degree programs, conferring nearly a quarter of health degrees in the region. The university’s research awards in the health sciences account for nearly 40 percent of total UH research and its clinical programs of optometry, pharmacy, clinical psychology, speech language pathology and social work collectively treat more than 30,000 patients annually, generating more than $3 million in revenue.

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Renu Khator, Ph.D.

Chancellor and President, University of Houston

Renu Khator, Ph.D., is chancellor and president of the University of Houston. Khator, the UH System’s first woman chancellor and the first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive research university in the United States, oversees an organization that serves nearly 70,000 students, has an annual budget that exceeds $1.5 billion and has a $3.8 billion impact on the greater Houston area each year. During Khator’s tenure, UH has experienced record-breaking research funding, enrollment and private support. Under her lead, UH became a Tier One university, with the Carnegie Foundation elevating it into the top category of research universities. She serves on several boards, including the American Council on Education, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, 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’s also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council.

Born in India, Khator earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Kanpur. She went on to receive her master’s degree and doctorate in political science from Purdue University.