University of Houston President and UH System Chancellor Renu Khator is set to lead the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Khator recently was announced as the board’s chair.
Khator joined the board in 2011 and was appointed deputy chair in 2013. The Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., recently announced her appointment as well as those for the other Federal Reserve Banks across the country.
"I am excited and honored to receive this opportunity, and for the recognition it brings to the University of Houston,” Khator said. “As chair, I look forward to adding my perspective to the important monetary policy discussions conducted by the talented and dedicated members of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas."
There are 12 Federal Reserve Banks, and a nine-member board guides each institution. These boards work with their respective Federal Reserve Bank presidents to offer grassroots economic information and input on management and monetary policy decisions. Serving alongside Khator will be newly appointed deputy chair Matthew K. Rose, executive chairman of BNSF Railway Company.
Khator began her dual role as UH president and UH System chancellor in 2008. She is the System’s first woman chancellor, UH’s first foreign-born president and the first Indian immigrant to lead a comprehensive research university in the U.S.
Her presence on campus has invigorated students and helped drive UH to new levels of success. Under her leadership, the University experienced record-breaking research funding and achieved Tier One University Status by the Carnegie Foundation. Other milestones reached under her leadership include the creation of the University’s Energy Research Park and UH becoming a member of the Texas Medical Center.
This year, Khator has been recognized by several organizations for her commitment to excellence in higher education. Among her 2014 honors are the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from the President of India, NAPSA President’s Award and the Pride of India Award.
In addition to overseeing UH and UH System initiatives, Khator shares her energies and insights with several organizations including the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council, the American Council on Education, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Technology Center, the Methodist Hospital Research Institute Board, the Business-Higher Education Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations.
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.
The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 40,900 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country. For more information about UH, visit the university’s newsroom.