NRI, Renu Khator has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE is the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association. ACE represent the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities. Our strength lies in our loyal and diverse base of more than 1,700 member institutions, 75 percent of which have been with ACE for over 10 years.
Renu Khator was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, earned 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, Khator has published five books and several articles on this subject. She previously served as provost and senior vice president at the University of South Florida
- On January 15, 2008 she became the third person to hold a dual position of University of Houston System chancellor and University of Houston president. ‘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'
- On November 5, 2007, she was confirmed by the University of Houston System Board of Regents for the dual-position
• In Oct., 2007, Khator emerged as the sole-finalist for the vacant dual-position as chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston
- In.1985, She joined University of South Florida and she served in various positions, culminating in her position as provost and senior vice president of the university. she attended Purdue University, and received Master of Arts in political science and a Doctor of Philosophy in political science and public administration in 1975 and 1985, respectively.
• Prior to moving to the United States, Khator earned a bachelor's degree from the Kanpur University in 1973
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Indian-American Renu Khator elected head of US education body
Washington, March 17, 2015: Indian-American Renu Khator has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for US colleges and universities.
Uttar Pradesh born Khator, University of Houston President and System Chancellor since 2008, became board chair during ACE's 97th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC Monday.
Earning a bachelor's degree at the University of Kanpur, she received 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.
"I look forward to working with my colleagues on key issues such as college completion, global competitiveness and innovation."
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.
During her tenure, UH has experienced record-breaking research funding, enrolment and private support.
In 2011, UH became a Tier One university, with the Carnegie Foundation elevating it into the top category of research universities.
A noted scholar in the field of global environmental policy, Khator 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.....IANS