UH System Board of Regents Extends Contract of Chancellor

Regents Also Approve Contract Extension of Head Football Coach

The University of Houston System Board of Regents, acting in a specially called meeting today (Friday, Jan. 22), unanimously voted to extend the contracts of UH System Chancellor and UH President Renu Khator, and head football coach Kevin Sumlin.

The board voted to extend Khator's contract for an additional two years, through 2013.

"The board could not be more pleased with Chancellor Khator's performance during the past two years," said Welcome W. Wilson, Sr.chairman of the UH System Board of Regents. "The only reason she was not given a raise a year ago was because of the economic situation. I personally feel that a significant salary increase is overdue, but - at her request - we are not considering a raise at this time."

In declining a salary increase, Khator indicated she did not want a raise until faculty and staff salaries are addressed, Wilson said.

Khator became the 13th president of the University of Houston and eighth chancellor of the University of Houston System in January 2008. Since becoming president, she has made student success her top priority, along with building a nationally competitive research university that is recognized among the best in the nation. Her commitment to students has fueled her resolve as she has already made great strides in taking the University of Houston to the next level as a Tier One university.

"Every board member indicated that her performance has been superb," Wilson said. "She has electrified the civic and business community of Houston, and she has electrified the campus. We could not be more pleased."

As expected, the board extended Sumlin's contract. The board ratified an earlier agreement between the coach and UH Athletics Director Mack Rhoades. Sumlin's contract was extended through the 2015 season.