The University of Houston Search Advisory Committee started looking for a new Chancellor/President about five months ago, when then President Dr. Jay Gogue announced his decision to move to his alma mater, Auburn University. Now Dr. Renu Khator, the provost and senior vice president at the University of South Florida will take on the top position at UH. UH Regent Jim Wise sums up how many at the urban university feel.
"I am tired of hearing about the potential of the University of Houston and I am ready to realize it. I became convinced through the process that Dr. Renu Khator is the person to lead our outstanding university and to help us realize that potential."
Dr. Khator has served as provost at USF since 2003. The University of South Florida is the ninth largest university in the nation with 44,000 students. Board Chairman Welcome Wilson says Khator's vision, passion and political savvy impressed the entire search committee.
"Under her leadership, we expect that our university will indeed become the Tier 1 research flagship university for which we have all worked."
Khator accepted the confirmation as Chancellor and President, wearing UH Cougar Red. She says she's grateful for the opportunity to create bigger dreams and goals for the University. And she says the goal of having Tier 1 status is not just about rankings or having a badge of honor.
"College education is not a luxury. It is not an option that we can choose to have or not to have. It's an obligation. It's a necessity. We must provide access to students, and not just access. We must make sure every student who walks through the doors of the University of Houston graduates, succeeds and acquires the skills that makes him and her thrive and lead in the global economy and society."
Khator says it's too soon to talk about specific details of her plans for the University of Houston, but she is known for her effective fundraising and is credited with helping the University of South Florida rise as an academic and athletic force. Laurie Johnson, Houston Public Radio News.