Recently Kevin Price, Publisher and Editor in Chief of USDR, attended a luncheon honoring University of Houston President, Dr. Renu Khator. Price, who did graduate work at U of H and who has two children that earned their undergraduate degrees there, is a fan of the institution. “I have long admired the work of this university and am particularly impressed by the school’s accomplishments the last several years,” Price said. Those accomplishments have been driven by many factors, but one of the most significant has been the incredible force called Renu Khator. “She is an amazing woman,” Price said, “and I learned even more about her and the school in the presentation.” She is known for her passion and ambition. When she truly believes in something, she becomes its champion, and that is certainly the case when it comes to her relationship with the University of Houston.
A Lifetime of Accomplishment
Renu Khator holds the dual titles of chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of UH. The UH System’s first woman Chancellor and the first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive research university in the United States, she assumed her post in January 2008.
As chancellor of the UH System, Khator oversees an organization that serves more than 66,000 students, has a budget that exceeds $1.3 billion, and has a $3.5 billion-plus economic impact on the Greater Houston area each year. The UH System includes UH, UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown, UH-Victoria and branch campuses in Pearland and NW Houston; teaching centers in Cinco Ranch and Sugar Land; as well as KUHT, the nation’s first educational television station, and two radio stations — KUHF, Houston’s National Public Radio affiliate, and the classical station KUHA.
As president of the University of Houston, she is the chief executive officer of the largest and oldest of the four UH System universities. UH enrolls 40,000-plus students, offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs and awards 7,000 degrees each year.
During her tenure, UH has experienced record-breaking research funding, enrollment and private support. Recently, UH launched its 75-acre Energy Research Park, part of her $400-million campus construction program, and became a member of the Texas Medical Center.
In 2011, UH became a Tier One university, with the Carnegie Foundation elevating it into the top category of research universities. The university was also recognized by the Princeton Review for excellence in undergraduate education and by the Chronicle for Higher Education as an exceptional workplace.
The Personafication of the American Dream
Dr. Khator has a fascinating background and is a true “American Dream” story, much like the university itself. Khator was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Kanpur. She received her master’s degree and her Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University. A noted scholar in the field of global environmental policy, she has published numerous books and articles on the subject. Prior to her appointment, she was provost and senior vice president at the University of South Florida, capping a 22-year career at that institution.
To add to that “great America story,” the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has included her among its Outstanding Americans by Choice awardees, recognizing her achievements as a naturalized citizen. She and her husband Suresh Khator, associate dean in the UH Cullen College of Engineering, were honored with the prestigious Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) award, given to nonresident Indians for making outstanding contributions in their field. Purdue University awarded her its Doctor of Social Sciences degree, honoris causa. She is featured in the American Council on Education’s video “The Joys of the Presidency.”
Khator recently joined some of the world’s most respected leaders when she was named to the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council. 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.
hator’s husband, Dr. Suresh Khator, is associate dean of the UH Cullen College of Engineering. The Khators have two daughters, both of whom are ophthalmologists, and a grandson.
In her speech at the luncheon, she listed a long list of accomplishments, many of them accomplished under her tenure. The university provided us a link to the school’s accomplishments. It is no wonder it joined Texas A&M and University of Texas at Austin as Tier One Universities according to the Carnegie Foundation.
The University of Houston
- Ranked among Best colleges in the United States, second year in a row (U.S. News & World Report, 2013, 2014)
- Ranked #4 in the nation in “12 Top Colleges Where Students Get the Best Bang for Their Buck,” meeting performance-based standards in line with those suggested by President Barack Obama (PolicyMic, 2013)
- Ranked #7 out of 49 top colleges in Texas for return on investment (AffordableCollegesOnline.org, 2013)
- Ranked #15 among 25 Most Underrated Colleges in America(Business Insider, businessinsider.com, 2013)
- Ranked among the world’s Top 200 institutions for chemical engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2012-2013)
- Ranked among the nation’s Top 100 public universities on the 2013 list of “Most Affordable Large Public Colleges”
- Ranked among the Top 10 most affordable post-secondary schools in Texas (The College Database, 2013)
- Ranked among the Top 25 campuses in the U.S. with the most international students (Open Doors 2012, Institute for International Education)
- Named one of the nation’s best colleges in “The Best 377 Colleges,” 2013 and “The Best 378 Colleges,” 2014
(The Princeton Review)
- Ranked among 150 institutions nationwide on the list of “Princeton Review Best Value Colleges” One of only three universities in Texas included (The Princeton Review, 2012, 2013)
- Only one of three Tier One public research institutions in the nation designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U. S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, and also designated as an Asian-American Serving Institution (U. S. Department of Education, 2012)
- Ranked among 100 “Great Colleges to Work For” nationwide (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011 & 2012)
- Only one of ten universities in the nation on the U.S. News Short List for enrolling the most transfer students (U.S. News and World Report, 2012 data)
- Earns Tier One research university distinction (Research-Very High) from the Carnegie Foundation — one of only three Carnegie-designated Tier One public research universities in Texas (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2011)
- Ranked 7th in the nation for graduating students with least amount of debt (U.S. News & World Report, College Rankings, 2013)
- Chosen as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduates (The Princeton Review, 2011)
- Among the nation’s top 50 public research universities (Top American Research University Report, 2010)
- A top 50 public research university in endowment assets, National Academy Members and annual giving (Top American Research University Report, 2010)
- No. 2 most racially/ethnically diverse university in the nation(U.S.News & World Report, 2010)
- No. 14 of the nation’s “best neighbor” colleges and universities(“Saviors of Our Cities” survey, 2009)
- Among the top 5 institutions in Texas for awards from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute and Institute for Child Health and Human Development (UH Health)
- Among the top 50 best colleges with economic diversity, according to the percentage of undergraduates receiving the Pell Grant (U.S.News & World Report, 2010)
- Among the nation’s top 20 universities with flexible course scheduling (Parade Magazine, College A-List, 2010)
- No. 14 for doctoral degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2011)
- No. 14 for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2011)
- No. 47 for master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2011)
- Top-performing graduate programs include chemical engineering, pharmaceutics, developmental cognitive science, civil engineering, mathematics, electrical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, Spanish language and literature, clinical psychology, kinesiology, vision science/physiological optics and mechanical engineering (National Research Council, 2010)
- UH Wellness, one of five university programs to receive an $189,000 grant from Models of Exemplary, Effective and Promising Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on Colleges Campuses (2010)
- Membership in the Texas Medical Center
- One of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges(The Princeton Review, 2010, 2011)
- CenterPoint Energy Award for implementing energy efficient measures (2009)
- Membership in the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
- Moody Towers Fresh Food Co. — nation’s largest and first in Southwest
- Only space architecture graduate program of its kind
- No. 4 for architecture degree awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2011)
- Award-winning Graduate Design/Build Studio
- Summer Discovery Design Camp featured in Architect Magazine(2010)
- UH Green Building Components and S.P.A.C.E. (Solar Powered Adaptive Container for Everyone) garnered international Research/Technology Award (Green Good Design, 2010)
- Sasakawa International Space Center Architecture among the nation’s 30 “awesome” college labs (Popular Science, 2010)
- UH Green Building Components Expo, an exhibition of new green technologies, concepts, prototypes and production-ready projects developed by faculty-led research teams
- Intelligent Building Management Systems’ National Science Group finalist
- 3 students (out of 207 entries worldwide) were finalists in the ARCH Medium Barcelona Competition (2010)
- Among the Top 10 least expensive business schools for out-of-state students (U.S. News & World Report, 2012)
- No. 1 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program nationwide(The Princeton Review/Entrepreneur magazine, 2008, 2010 and 2011)
- No. 21 nationwide, Best Undergraduate Business Programs – Specialty Rankings in Entrepreneurship (U.S. News & World Report, 2012)
- No. 1 evening MBA program in Houston, No. 20 in the nation among public business schools (BusinessWeek, 2011)
- Among the nation’s best business schools (The Princeton Review: The Best 300 Business Schools, 2011 Edition)
- No. 5 decision and information sciences professor in the world(Information Systems Research Rankings, 2009)
- Among the top 10 most productive marketing/finance department faculty (Academic Analytics in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007)
- No. 7 for marketing degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2011)
- No. 10 for business degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2010)
- One of only 19 internal audit programs in the world with partner-level membership in the Internal Auditing Education Partnership
- No. 41 business school in the world for research contributions(UT Dallas, 2009-2010)
- No. 1 student chapter in National Association of Women MBAs’ national case competition (2010)
- Nearly 2,000 companies recruit Bauer students annually
- 19 top-tier faculty publications (published or accepted), the highest tier of finance departments internationally in terms of faculty research productivity (2008-2009)
- Outreach programs with 35 area school districts
- QUEST teacher education program named Distinguished Program in Teacher Education (Association of Teacher Educators, 2007)
- Student named state and national Student Teacher of the Year (Texas Directors of Field Experiences and National Association of Teacher Educators, 2009)
- Largest recruitment source for the Houston Independent School District
- 2 faculty members honored with the Texas Psychological Association’s Outstanding Contribution to Education Award and the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award (2010)
- Doctoral student named Teacher of the Year (Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children, 2010)
- One of only 10 engineering schools in the nation on The Short List for most international students (U.S. News & World Report, 2011)
- Ranked among the top 75 universities in the nation, and first in Houston for engineering research and development expenditures (National Science Foundation, 2011)
- Among the top 100 engineering graduate and undergraduate programs in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2011)
- No. 36 in chemical engineering programs nationwide (U.S.News & World Report, 2011)
- No. 39 in aerospace/aeronautics engineeering in the nation(U.S. News & World Report, 2011)
- No. 48 in industrial/manufacturing engineering in the nation(U.S. News & World Report, 2011)
- Home of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping(National Science Foundation)
- Received U.S. Department of Energy grant to develop a superconducting magnet energy storage system device that could revolutionize the nation’s electrical power grid
- Home to the university’s most academically talented undergraduates
- Recruited its largest freshman class of 476 (15 National Merit Scholars and 27 of the university’s 39 TierOne Scholars)
- SAT 1283, average score for the entering class
- SAT 1440, average score for the TierOne Scholars
- Students receive nationally recognized scholarships and fellowships including the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
- A student among the Top 10 College Women of 2010 (Glamour Magazine, 2010)
- 109 students participated in UH’s Undergraduate Research Day(2010)
- A student appointed as student representative to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee
- Ranked among the top 20 hospitality programs in the nation(TheBestSchools.org, 2012)
- No. 3 hospitality school in the nation (Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education, 2002)
- Home of the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor — recognizing the industry’s most influential icons
- Faculty includes seasoned industry professionals and leadersin their fields
- Faculty achievements — founding HospitaltyLawyer.com, a definitive source on hospitality law; annual National Hospitality Conference; academic and research recognition from the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education
- Among the nation’s top 100 law schools (U.S.News & World Report, 2011)
- No. 4 intellectual property law program (U.S.News & World Report, 2011)
- No. 8 health Law program (U.S.News & World Report, 2011)
- One of only eight public law schools with three or more nationally recognized programs
- No. 11 part-time law program (U.S.News & World Report, 2011)
- No. 22 for law degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2011)
- No. 34 for Super Lawyer alumni (Super Lawyers, 2010)
- No. 37 for first-year associates working at the best U.S. firms(National Law Journal, 2010)
- No. 42 worldwide for Houston Law Review (Washington & Lee University, 2009)
- No. 44, and the only Texas school cited, for public interest law based on student involvement, curriculum and financial factors(The National Jurist, 2008)
- No. 51 in “scholarly impact” of tenured faculty based on law journal citations (University of St. Thomas School of Law, St. Paul, Min., 2010)
- No. 4 P.h.D. program in Creative Writing (Poets & Writers Magazine, 2011)
- No. 1 health and human performance program (Academic Analytics’ Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, 2008)
- No. 1 clinical psychology program in Texas (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology , 1997-2006)
- Among the top 100 clinical psychology programs in the nation(U.S.News & World Report, 2008)
- Among the top 5 clinical neuropsychology tracks in the nation
- One of the top 5 creative writing Ph.D. programs in the nation(The Atlantic Magazine, 2007)
- No. 1 concert chorale in the world (First Prize, 13th Annual International Chamber Choir Competition, 2013)
- No. 1 chamber chorus in the world (Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Wales, 2009)
- One of the largest opera production programs in the nation(Moores Opera Center)
- Won the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition (2003, 2006, 2010)
- Percussion Ensemble critically acclaimed compact discs on the Albany Records label (Classics Today online review and Fanfare’s 2009 Wish List)
- Gold and silver medals in American Choral DirectorsAssociation National Undergraduate Conducting Competition(2009)
- No. 3 among public universities in Texas for strong science and mathematics programs (National Research Council)
- No. 9 for mathematics degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2009)
- No. 10 physical sciences program in the nation (Nature)
- 1st to receive a grant to help train the world’s first generation of nanobiologists (National Institutes of Health)
- 20 international academic programs in 17 countries
- More than 180 ranked faculty, including three National Academy of Science members
- No. 32 (out of 656) chemistry program in the nation for the number of American Chemical Society certified BS chemistry graduates (C&S News, 2010)
- Computer science student teams ranked 2nd and 3rd in the U.S. Imagine Cup computer gaming competition. (2010)
- One of only 20 optometry schools in the nation
- No. 3 for optometry degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2011)
- Serves more than 40,000 patients annually
- Students work about 920,000 hours in the community annually
- More than 200 college and faculty outreach projects in public schools
- No. 12 for pharmacy degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2011)
- No. 48 Pharmacy college among nation’s Top 100 (U.S. News & World Report, 2011)
- Inventor of the Year award for most profitable patent in UH history and effective pre-transplant drug, IV Busulfex® (2009)
- U.S. patent for beta-blocker therapy for asthma (2009)
- Consistently garnering first-place or finalist awards and leadership positions in national, state and local pharmacy-related organizations
- More than $6 million in total research awards (a new record), including more than $4.3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (FY2010)
- Best Practices award, one of only six nationwide, for the Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Epidemiology collaboration with St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2010)
- Launched a concurrent M.S./Residency in pharmacy administration with six Texas Medical Center healthcare institutions (2009)
- Only social work program in the nation with a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
- #37 graduate social work program in the Top 100 in the nation(U.S. News & World Report, 2011)
- No. 2 graduate social work program in the Southwest (includes Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Louisiana, Arkansas) (U.S.News & World Report, 2008)
No. 7 graduate social work program in the South (U.S.News & World Report, 2008)
- Among the top 20 funded research social work programs in the nation
- No. 22 of all public universities with graduate social work programs(U.S.News & World Report, 2008)
- No. 36 graduate social work program in the nation (U.S.News & World Report, 2008)
- More than 500 human services agencies interact with student workers
- Office of Field Education has affiliations with approximately 475 nonprofit and governmental agencies and organizations
- Designated the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (2009-2014)
- Led a coalition that received a $2.5 million Department of Energy stimulus award to develop a smart grid training program for the next generation of workers in the electric power industry (2010)
- Abramson Center for the Future of Health at UH researchers awarded a $250,000 Texas Emerging Technology Fund pre-seed grant to help develop and commercialize a devise to track heart failure (2010)
- One of only two Texas project management programs and one of only 24 programs worldwide to receive global accreditation(Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management, 2009)
- Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning faculty
- 9 NSF CAREER Awards in 2012, 29 total
- 7 Sloan Research Fellows
- 9 National Academy members
- 31 faculty members have received multimillion dollar awards
- 63 faculty members have received awards recognized by the Association of American Universities and/or Center for Measuring University Performance
- 126 active NIH awards (53 investigator-initiated, R01 grants)
- Nobel Peace Prize — Jody Williams, social work
- National Medal of Science — C.W. “Paul” Chu, physics
- National Academy of Engineering— Fazle Hussain, mechanical engineering; John Lienhard, mechanical engineering (emeritus);Dan Luss, chemical and biomolecular engineering; Michael Y.H. Pao, mechanical engineering; Allen Rhodes, mechanical engineering; Surendra P. Shah, civil and environmental engineering; James Symons, civil engineering (emeritus); and Kaspar William, civil and environmental engineering
- National Academy of Education — Scott Imberman, economics
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences — C.W. “Paul” Chu, physics
- Chinese Academy of Sciences — C.W. “Paul” Chu, also is a member of the Russian Academy of Engineering, Academia Sinica, and the Third World Academy of Sciences.
- Chinese Academy of Engineering — Surendra P. Shah, civil and environmental engineering
- French National Academy of Technology — Roland Glowinski, mathematics
- Swedish Academy of Sciences, Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Nobel Assembly of the Karolinska Institute — Jan-Åke Gustafsson, biology and biochemistry
- All-time highs: $114 million in research awards; $99 million in total research expenditures (2010)
- 40 research centers, laboratories and institutes across every academic department
- Among the top 50 public research university in the nation (Top American Research University Report, 2009)
- Among the top 50 public research universities in endowments assets, National Merit members and doctorates granted (Top American Research University Report, 2010)
- Intellectual Property Licensing revenues rose from $600,000 in 2008 to $12 million in 2012.
- On July 1, 2013, the University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will move into The American Athletic Conference.
- During its 17-year history in Conference USA, Houston Athletics teams won 58 C-USA championships, the most by the Cougars in any conference in their history.
- 22 Houston student-athletes have won 39 Olympics medals, including 20 Gold… 66 Houston student-athletes, coaches and administrators have competed in the Olympic Games.
- 16 intercollegiate teams competed in Conference USA, won 33 titles in the past 10 years
- 15 student-athletes received the Conference USA Academic Medal with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.75 or higher (2012-13)
- 162 student-athletes were named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher (in 2012-13). That ranks as the second-highest total in school single-season history.
- Men’s Indoor Track and Field captured the 2013 Conference USA Championships title, the program’s sixth championship in the last seven years.
- In 2013, Men’s Golf won its sixth Conference USA Championship team title and its first since 2001.
- Women’s Golf was added to the Athletics Department in thespring of 2013, giving the Cougars 17 intercollegiate sports programs.
- Degrees — More than 8,000 degrees awarded annually
- CEOs — More than 3,500 of our alumni are head of their own company or are presidents or chief executives of businesses or corporations.
- Powerful Alumni — Among our more than 224,000 alumni are Senator Elizabeth Warren; a former U.S. Secretary of Education; congressmen and legislators; the CEO of Dynegy; the CEO of Neiman Marcus; astronauts, judges, educators, actors, artists and many more.
- Texas Legislature — Second most alumni in the Texas State Legislature.
- Cougars in the Limelight — Our long history of successful alumni in the arts includes actors Dennis and Randy Quaid, Brent Spiner, Loretta Devine and Robert Wuhl; authors Alice Sebold and Padgett Powell; singer Larry Gatlin; artists Julian Schnabel, Michael Ray Charles, “The Art Guys” (Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing); broadcasters Jim Nantz, Tom Jarriel, Dominique Sachse; clothing designer Victor Costa; film producer Walter Coblenz; and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Adrees Latif.
- World-class Athletes — Cougar athletic stars include Olympic medalists Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell, and diver Yulia Pakhalina; Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware; NBA stars Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon; golfers Fred Couples, Steve Elkington and Fuzzy Zoeller; and MLB pitchers Doug Drabek, Ryan Wagner and Woody Williams.
- Student Service — UH optometry students work about 920,000 hours in the community each year through internships and other course-related programs.
- Best Neighbor — The University of Houston was named among the nation’s top 25 “Best Neighbor” colleges and universities in a 2009 survey, based on the positive impact UH has on its community.
- Community Engaged — The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classified UH with its highest designation for community-engaged institutions in the nation.
- Making an Impact — UH was ranked No. 14 nationally in a 2009 “Saviors of Our Cities” survey, which measure the impact universities make on their home city.
- Community Health — Assisted the Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services in the delivery of more than 9,000 H1N1 and seasonal flu immunizations to Houston-area residents (Four Community Clinics and at the Humble Health Fair, 2009)
- Disaster Relief — Following Hurricane Katrina, UH admitted more than 1,600 Louisiana students, hosted Loyola University’s administration and law school, provided vision care for 2,800 evacuees in Houston shelters; and, following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, designed new shelters for survivors in Thailand.
- Summer Camps — UH offers more than 200 programs for children each summer, ranging from science and engineering to theater.
- Design/Build Studio — Each year, the College of ArchitectureStudio builds, from concept to completion, a new facility for local nonprofits such as schools and Little League teams.
- Public Art — First state university in Texas to establish a Percent for the Art program (1966) — dedicating 1 percent of the budget for each new building for public art. The main campus has more than 260 pieces of public art on display.
- Public Television —Launched KUHT (HoustonPBS), the world’s first educational television station, in 1953
- Helping Young Artists—The Young Artist Apprenticeship Program, a comprehensive art-making workshop organized byBlaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston for teens from neighboring high schools, won a Coming Up Taller award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Nationally recognized Young Artist Apprenticeship Program (2009)
One of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges (The Princeton Review, 2010)
- Public School Partnerships — UH faculty and colleges support more than 200 outreach projects in the public schools, including the Houston Teacher’s Institute, which helps refresh HISD teachers with new ideas and teaching techniques that have reached more than 40,000 students since 1999.
- The Arts — The Moores School of Music, the School of Theatre, the Blaffer Art Museum and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts hosts more than 175,000 visitors to campus arts events annually.
Special thanks to the University of Houston for providing the biography and other information about the university. Also, thanks to GLO CPAs for the event and the photo.