Renu Khator, another Indian-American rose to prominence in US after her election to the chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the body that coordinates colleges and US universities.
Renu Khator has been University of Houston President and System Chancellor since 2008, and she became board chair during ACE’s 97th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Monday.
Born in Uttar Pradesh, she graduated from the University of Kanpur, and moved to the US for her master’s and PhD in political science from Purdue University, Indiana.
She succeeds James H. Mullen, Jr., president of Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, and will serve for one year. Before becoming ACE Board chair, Khator served as vice chair.
“It will be a privilege to serve as chair of the American Council on Education during a period of major challenges and enormous opportunities for higher education,” Khator said.
The UH System’s first woman chancellor and the first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive research university in the US, Khator assumed her post in January 2008.
As chancellor, Khator oversees a system that serves nearly 70,000 students, has an annual budget that exceeds $1.5 billion and has a $3.8 billion-plus economic impact on the Greater Houston area each year.
As president, she is the chief executive officer of the largest and oldest of the four UH System universities.