Renu Khator has served in the dual posts of Chancellor of the University of Houston System and President of the University of Houston since 2008.
As Chancellor, she oversees a four-university system that serves nearly 75,000 students, has an annual budget that exceeds $1.7 billion and has a $6 billion-plus impact on the Greater Houston area’s economy each year.
As President, she is the chief executive officer of the University of Houston, the UH System’s flagship, Tier One institution.
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.
- Ph.D. 1985. Purdue University (Political Science/Public Administration)
- M.A. 1975. Purdue University (Political Science)
- B.A. 1973. Kanpur University, India (Liberal Arts)
Administrative Appointments (Current)
- Chancellor, University of Houston System (January 15, 2008 – present)
- President, University of Houston (January 15, 2008 – present)
Administrative Appointments (Past)
- Provost and Senior Vice President, University of South Florida (July 2003 – November 2007)
- Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida (July, 2000 – June, 2003)
- Director/Chair, Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) Department, University of South Florida (August 1997 – June 2000)
- Faculty Assistant to President, University of South Florida (May 1995 – August 1997)
- Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Government & International Affairs University of South Florida (1990 – 1993)
Academic Appointments (Current)
- Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Houston (January 15, 2008 – present)
Academic Appointments (Past)
- Professor, Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida (1995 – 2007)
- Associate Professor, Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida (1991 – 1995)
- Visiting Fellow, Department of Public and Social Administration, City Polytechnic of Hong Kong (now City University of Hong Kong) (August 1989 – June 1990)
- Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of South Florida 1987 – 1991)
- Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of South Florida (1985 – 1987)
Board and Committee Memberships (Current)
National and International
- Board of Governors, NCAA (2019 – present)
- Board of Directors, NCAA Division I (2019 – present)
- Indian Prime Minister’s Empowered Expert Committee, charged with selecting India’s 20 world-class “Institutes of Eminence” (2018 – present)
- Board of Directors, American Athletic Conference (2017 – present)
- Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities (AGB) Council of Presidents (2016- present)
- The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities Board of Directors (2015 – present)
- Council on Foreign Relations Member (2011 – present)
- The Philosophical Society of Texas (2019 - present)
- Advisory Board, Qatar Harvey Fund (2017 – present)
- Chancellor Representative on the Executive Committee, Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (2020 – 2021)
- Advisory Board, Texas Medical Center (2017 – present)
- Board of Directors, Greater Houston Partnership (2016 – present)
- Board of Directors, Houston Exponential (2009 – present)
- Institute of International Education, Southern Regional Center (2009 – present)
- Advisory Board, Arts of India Leadership Committee, Museum of Fine Arts Houston (2009 – present)
- Board of Advisors, Indian-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (2008 – present)
Board and Committee Memberships (Past)
National and International
- Chair, Board of Directors, American Athletic Conference (2017 – 2019)
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (2016 – 2019)
- NCAA Division I Presidential Forum (2016 – 2019)
- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, 11th District, Chair (2014-2016)
- American Council on Education (ACE) Chair (2015 – 2016)
- Business-Higher Education Forum Board of Directors (2009 – 2016)
- Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council (2009 – 2014)
- EPA’s National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology (2004 – 2007)
- President, RC4, International Political Science Association (2003 – 2009)
- US-Africa Free Education Enterprise Board (1998 – 2000)
- Texas International Education Consortium (2008 – 2016)
- Leadership Council, Good Reason Houston (2018 – 2019)
- Texas Medical Center CEO Group (2008 – 2014)
- Board of Directors, Greater Houston Partnership (2008 – 2014)
- The Methodist Hospital Research Institute Board (2008 – 2014)
- Hillsborough Education Foundation Board (2005-2007)
- Kiran C. Patel Charter School, President of the Board (2003 – 2007)
- Moffitt Cancer Hospital Board of Directors (2000 – 2007)
- Member, University Area Community Development Board (2004 – 2007)
- Member, University of South Florida Research Foundation Board (2003 –2007)
- University of South Florida Foundation Board (1998 –2007)
- Lowry Park Zoo Board of Directors (2001 – 2007)
- Girl Scouts, Sun Coast Chapter, Secretary and Board of Directors (2002 – 2005)
- Athena Executive Women’s Association Executive Board (1999 – 2001)
- WEDU Channel 3 Public Television Community Advisory Board (1999 – 2001)
- City of Clearwater Brownfield Advisory Board (1999 – 2005)
- City of Tampa’s Environmental Taskforce (1999 – 2000)
Honors and Awards
- Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from Swansea University, Wales, UK (July 2014)
- Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa, from Purdue University (May 2009)
- Hall of Honor, UH Athletics (2018)
- Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award, American Council on Education (ACE) (2018)
- Humanitarian Award, Latino Learning Center, Houston (2017)
- E. Joseph Savoie Chief Executive Leadership Award, CASE District IV Chapter (2017)
- Phi Beta Kappa, UH Chapter (2016)
- Real Role Model Award, William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity (2016)
- Texas Women’s Hall of Fame (2016)
- Women of Influence Award, National Council of Jewish Women, Houston Chapter (2015)
- Excellence in Leadership Award, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2015)
- Hero Award, Change Happens (2014)
- Pride of India Award (2014)
- Civil Rights Hero’s Award by Anti-Defamation League of Houston (2014)
- Rotary International Paul Harris Award (2014)
- President’s Award, NASPA (2014)
- Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, highest honor bestowed upon non-resident Indians, awarded by the President of India (2014)
- President of the Year, Association of College Unions International (2014)
- President of the Year, ACUI (2013)
- Women in Science, BioHouston (2013)
- Award of Excellence, American Association of Indian Professionals (2012)
- International Executive of the Year, Greater Houston Partnership (2012)
- Executive Communicator of the Year, IABC Houston (2012)
- Texas Executive Women “Women on the Move” (2010)
- Achievement Award, Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin (2010)
- Arrival Award, recognizing immigrant achievement, UH Law Center Immigration Clinic (2009)
- Outstanding Americans by Choice Award given by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to recognize outstanding achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens, December 2007.
- Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) Award given to Indians living abroad for making outstanding contributions in their field, presented in New Delhi (2007)
- Distinguished Alumnus Award from Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts (2006)
- Outstanding Educator Award from the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture for enhancing Hellenic studies (2006).
- Meteor Award in recognition of support for enhancing status of women at the University of South Florida by Department of Women’s Studies at Women of Color Conference, 2005.
- Date of Birth: June 29, 1955, Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
- Citizenship: U.S.
- Family: Husband Suresh, two daughters, three grandchildren
- Travel: Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, England, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Macau, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan (Republic of China), Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, Wales
Media Profiles and News Articles
Links to many of these can be found at http://www.uh.edu/president/about/media-coverage/.
From 2008 to present
- Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant, $3.5 million, to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.
From 1988 – 2007
- More than $2 million of external funding from international agencies CNPq, (the Brazilian equivalent of NSF), federal agencies (NSF, EPA, International City County Management Association), state agencies (Florida Department of Community Affairs), regional agencies (Southwest Florida Water Management District), and local agencies (Hillsborough County) to support research projects.
Courses taught (University of South Florida)
- Global Climate Change
- Florida Brownfields and Their Policy Implications
- Seminar in Florida Water Policy
- Introduction to Environmental Policy
- Geographical Perspectives
- Contemporary Issues in Asian Politics (New College)
- Social Science Honors Seminar (University Honor’s Program)
- Environmental Politics and Policy – India, China and Pakistan
- Government and Politics of Asia (also for International Studies Program)
- South Asian Politics
- Introduction to Comparative Politics
- Empirical Political Analysis
- American Congress (also for Open University)
- Women in Developing Areas (Women's Studies Program)
- Introduction to Public and Social Administration (in Hong Kong)
- Principles of Public Administration (Public Administration Program, Hong Kong)
- Comparative Public Policy (Public Administration Program, Hong Kong)
- Independent Advisor for BIS program (Bachelor’s of Independent Studies).
- Served as a member of 25 Dissertation Committees – 15 from Indian universities (University of Madras, Utkal University, and Bhubaneshwar University), 3 from Brazilian universities, and the remaining from the University of South Florida from various departments, including Environmental Engineering, Communication, Anthropology and Biology.
- Directed and served on several master’s degree theses in Political Science and Environmental Science and Policy.
Bachelor’s Honors Theses
- An exit requirement for honors students at the University of South Florida. Directed and served on many of these committees.
- Vajpeyi, Dhirendra and Renu Khator. eds. (2007). Globalization, Governance, and Technology: Challenges and Alternatives. New Delhi: Deep & Dee
- Dwivedi, O.P., Renu Khator and Jorge Nef (2007). Managing Development in a Global Context. Palgrave McMillan.
- Jain, R.B. & Khator, R. (Eds.) (1999). Bureaucracy-citizen Interface: Conflict and Consensus. BR Publishing Corporation, New Delhi.
- Garcia-Zamor, Jean-Claude & Khator, R. (Eds.) (1994). Public Administration in the Global Village. Westport, CT: Praeger.
- Khator, R. (1991). Environment, Politics and Development in India. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc.
Book Chapters and Journal Articles (2000-2007)
- Dwivedi, O.P. & Renu Khator. (2007). The Earth Charter: Towards a New Global Environmental Ethic. Handbook of Globalization, Governance, and Public Administration, edited by Ali Farazmand and Jack Pinkowski, New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, Inc. 101
- Khator, Renu (2007). "Good Governance: An American Perspective in the Global Context," in R.B. Jain (ed.) Governing Development Across Cultures: Challenges and Dilemmas of an Emerging Sub-discipline in Political Science, Opladen, Germany: Barbara Budrich Publishers, pages 111-127.
- Khator, R. & Lisa Fairchild (2006). The Evolution of “Sustainable Development.” In Rebecca Lee Harris (Ed.), Globalization and Sustainable Development: Issues and Applications. Tampa, FL: Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions (University of South Florida). 13-22.
- Khator, R. (2005). Impact of Globalization on Florida’s Environment: Will the Economy Outpace the Environment?. In Mark Amen (Ed.), Florida’s Global Frontiers: Impact of Trade Liberalization. Tampa, FL: Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions (University of South Florida). 91-122.
- Glover, Kofi & R. Khator (2005). Civic Engagement and Education in Ghana and Brazil: A Study in Good Governance. In R.B. Jain (Ed.), Globalization and Good Governance: Pressures for Constructive Reform. New Delhi, India: Deep and Deep. 10
- Khator, R. (2004). International Environmental Policy as a Life Support System Response. InEncyclopedia of Institutional and Infrastructure Resources, edited by Saskia Sassen, in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), edited by K. Tummala, Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK, [http://www.eolss.net].
- Khator, R. (2003). Metropolitan Governance and Community Engagement. In R.C. Tripathi, A. Prasad, & S. Awasthi (Eds.), Heritage, Government and Equity, (pp. 657-673). Delhi, India: Agam Kala Prakashan.
- Khator, R. (2002). Water Conflict and Security in South Asia. In R.B. Jain (Ed.), Environment and Security in South Asia. Paris, France: L'Harmattam.
- Brinkmann, R. & Khator, R. (2002). Electronic Wastes in the United States -- A Review. In B.E. Montz & G.A. Tobin (Eds.), Papers and Proceedings of the Applied Geography Conferences, (pp. 12
- Khator, R. (2002). Good Governance in the Global City: Chicago. In E.K. Park (Ed.), New Ideas for Good Governance in Global Cities: Case Studies of Seoul, Berlin and Chicago. Proceedings of the International Seminar on Local Autonomy, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea (pp. 103-115). (Not refereed.)
- Kabra, R. & Khator, R. (2001). The 1994 Plague Outbreak in Surat, India: Social Networks and Disaster Management. In A. Farazmand (Ed.), Handbook of Crisis and Emergency Management, (pp. 521-529). New York, NY: Marcel Dekker
- Khator, R. & Kabra, R. (2001). Deforestation in India: A Critical Assessment Using the Sustainable Development Framework. In D.K. Vajpeyi (Ed.), Deforestation, Environment and Sustainable Development: A Comparative Analysis (pp. 47-70). Westport, CT: Praeger.
- Khator, R. & Ayers-Brunson, N. (2001). Creating Networks for Inter-organizational Settings: A Two-year Follow-up Study on Determinants. In M. Mandell (Ed.), Networks and Inter-organizational Settings (pp. 154-166). Westport, CT: Quorum Books.
- Khator, R. & Kabra, R. (2001). Sustainable Development in Central and Eastern Europe: Lessons for Developing Countries. In R.B. Jain (Ed.), Restructuring Command Economy to Market Economy: Relevance of Eastern European Experiences to Developing Countries (pp. 373-387). New Delhi, India
- Khator, R. (2000). Ethics in the International Environmental Debate: Explaining the Gap between Expected and Observed Behavior,” Public Integrity, 2:3: 247-262.
- Khator, R. (1999). Networking to Achieve Alternative Regulation: Case Studies from Florida’s National Estuary Programs. Policy Studies Review, 16:1: 65-85.
- Khator, R. (1999). From One-party Dominance to No-party Dominance: A Study of the Indian Party System. In M. Rimanelli (Ed.), Comparative Democratization and Peaceful Change in Single-Party-Dominant Countries. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press.
- Khator, R. (1999). Human Rights and the World Trade Organization: New Administrative Challenges. In R. Pitschas (Ed.), Globalization of Economy: Challenges to the Development of Law and Administration in the Member States of the WTO. Proceedings of a conference held by Holchshcule Fur Verwaltungswissenschaften, Speyer, Germany. (Not refereed.)
- Khator, R. (1999). Conflict, Bureaucracy and the Environment. In R.B. Jain and R. Khator (Eds.),Bureaucracy Citizen Interface: Conflict and Consensus, (pp. 61-81). New Delhi, India: B.R. Publishing Corporation.
- Khator, R. (1998). Organisational Response to the Environmental Crisis in India. The Indian Journal of Political Science, 49:1: 1-26.
- Khator, R. (1998). Turning the Tide: India’s Fifty Years of Planning in Environmental Protection. In Y.K. Malik & A. Kapur (Eds.), India: Fifty Years of Democracy and Development, (pp. 255-284). New Delhi, India: APH Publishing.
- Khator, R. (1998). The New Paradigm: From Development Administration to Sustainable Development Administration. International Journal of Public Administration, 21:12: 1777-1801.
- Khator, R. (1997). Professionalism in Bureaucracy: An Indian Perspective. In A. Farazmand (Ed.),Modern Systems of Government: Exploring the Role of Bureaucrats and Politicians. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Khator, R. (1997). Public Administration in the 21st Century: Can Bureaucracy Facilitate Democratization? The Annals of Public Administration Research, 15: 105-124.
- Khator R. (1997). Environmental Stewardship: The Emerging Western Perspective. In R.B. Jain (Ed.), Environmental Stewardship and Sustainable Development, (pp. 71-84). New Delhi, India: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
- Khator, R. (1996). Public-Private Partnerships in Theory and Practice. Indian Journal of Public Affairs, 1: 37-59.
- Dwivedi, O.P. & Khator, R. (1995). India's Environmental Policy, Programs, and Politics. In O.P. Dwivedi & D. Vajpeyi (Eds.), Policies in the Third World: A Comparative Analysis. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 4
- Khator R. (1995). Surviving in the Global Village: Bureaucracy and Democratization. In K.C. Sharma, et al. (Eds.), Bureaucracy and Democratization.
- Khator R. (1994). The Role of Western Media in the Environmental Agenda-setting of Hong Kong.Journal of Contemporary China, 3: 25-39.
- Khator, R. (1994). Development Lessons from Southeast and East Asia: What Can and Cannot be Repeated? In R.B. Jain & Heinz Bogartz (Eds.), Structural Adjustments and Bureaucracy in Developing Countries, (pp. 237-259). New Delhi, India: Har Anand Publications.
- Khator, R. (1994). Bureaucracy and the Environmental Crisis: A Comparative Perspective. In Ali Farazmand (Ed.), Handbook of Bureaucracy (pp. 195-210). New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, Inc.
- Khator, R. (1994). Managing the Environment in an Interdependent World. In Jean-Claude Garcia and R. Khator (Eds.), Public Administration in the Global Village, (pp. 83-98). Westport, CT: Greenwood/Praeger.
- Khator, R. (1994). Street-level Bureaucrats and Environmentalism: A Survey Study. In H.K. Asmerom (Ed.), Bureaucracy and Development. The Netherlands: Free University Press.
- Khator, R. (1994). Developing Recycling Markets in Florida. Florida Institute of Government's Megatrend Series. Tallahassee, FL. (Not refereed.)
- Khator, R. (1994). “Coping with Coercion: Florida Counties and the State's Recycling Law," State and Local Government Review, 26:3.
- Khator, R. (1993). The Political Economy of Recycling: A Nationwide Survey of Recycling Coordinators. BioCycle. (Not refereed.)
- Khator, R. (1993). Recycling: A Policy Dilemma for American States. Policy Studies Journal, 21: 210-226.
- Khator, R. & John Huffman (1993). A Survey of Recycling Coordinators. Biocycle, 34:10: 37.
- Khator, R., Kathleen Ng & Hon S. Chan. (1992). Environmental Management and Street-level Regulators: A Cultural Trap? Public Administration and Development, 12: 387-397.
- Khator, R. (1992). The Political Economy of Recycling in Florida. Governing Florida, 2: 17-21.
- Khator, R. (1992). State Autonomy and Environmental Challenge in India. The Political Chronicle, 4: 9-18.
- Khator, R. (1991). Environmental Strategies in the Third World. City Polytechnic of Hong Kong, Lecture Series No. 2. (Not refereed.)
- Khator, R. (1991). Public Administration and Environmental Challenge. Indian Public Administration Review, Fall: 58-72.
- Khator, R. (1990). Bureaucracy, Environmentalism and Industrial Policy. In K. Asmerom, Hoppe & R.B. Jain (Eds.), Bureaucracy in the Third World. The Netherlands: Free Press.
- Khator, R. (1989). The Enforcement Gap: A Comparative Study of Indian, British, and American Pollution Regulations. Indian Journal of Public Administration, 35:3: 593-606.
- Khator, R. & Ross, L. (1989). Water Pollution Policy in India. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 33: 79-91.
- Khator, R. (1989). Public Participation: The Chipko Aandolan in India. Journal of Developing Societies, 5: 58-63.
- Khator, R. (1989). Forests: The People and the Government. New Delhi, India: National Book Organization.
- Khator, R. (1988). Organizational Response to the Environmental Crisis in India. Indian Journal of Political Science, 49: 1-26.
- Khator, R. (1987). Political Activism and Mass Violence in India. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Asian Studies (Hong Kong), 9: 349-356.
- Khator, R. (1987). Determinants of Policy Performance: An Empirical Examination of the Impact of Environmental Bureaucracy in India. Indian Journal of Public Administration, 33: 20-30.
- Khator, R. (1985). Political Costs and Benefits: Implementation of Environmental Policy in Developing Countries. Environmental Impact Assessment of Water Resources Projects (Proceedings of the International Seminar held at W.R.D.T.C. University of Roorkee, December, 732-742). (Not refereed.)
- Khator, R. (1984). Environment as a Political Issue in Developing Countries: A Study of Environmental Pollution in India—A Viewpoint. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 23: 105-112.
Selected Publications - Opinion (2008 - Present)
- “Innovate or Perish: The Future is Here.” Chapter 4. Presidential Perspective. Inspirational Innovation Series. 2014-15.
- “A Health Center at UH Would Boost City's Medical Status.” Commentary for the Houston Chronicle. March 7, 2013.
- “At UH, Serving Hispanics Translates into Serving Houston.” Commentary for the Houston Chronicle. September 28, 2013.
- “Coogs Town: The University of Houston shapes the Bayou City's Future Far Beyond $3.5 Billion Economic Impact.” Commentary for CultureMap. January 25, 2012.
- “Envisioning a Better Houston.” Column for HUM Magazine. July 2012.
- “Houston: The City and the University, the Allure and the Promise.” Commentary for Houston History Magazine. November 2011.
- “Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling.” Column for The Presidency, magazine of the American Council on Education. Spring 2010.
- “Big Win for UH on the Road to Tier One.” Opinion piece with Welcome W. Wilson Sr. Houston Chronicle. June 21, 2009.
- “Creating the Energy University.” Commentary for GHP magazine Energy Capital Houston. 2009.
- “High Hopes for Higher Education,” podcast of “Point of Order” program with Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune, 2019
- Commencement Address, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, 2018
- “Women Empowerment,” Outlook magazine’s Vinod Mehta Memorial Lecture, New Delhi, India, 2018
- Keynote Address, Breakthrough Houston luncheon, 2017
- Keynote Address, Houston Gateway to the America’s Conference sponsored by Colombia – Texas Chamber of Commerce, U.S. – Panama Business Council, U.S. – Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston Partnership, Visit Houston and University of Houston, 2016.
- “Ballpark Figures: Inside Big-time College Sports,” panelist at the Texas Tribune Festival, Austin, Texas,2016
- Keynote Address, Houston’s India House Gala, 2016
- “Price vs. Cost vs. Value,” panelist at the Texas Tribune Festival, Austin, Texas, 2015
- Keynote Address, Annual Conference of Indian-Americans in Texas, Houston, 2015
- Keynote Address, NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), New Orleans, Louisiana, 2015
- Inaugural Distinguished Lecture, IACCGH (Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston), 2014
- Keynote Address, Texas Woman’s University System Chancellor Carine Feyten’s Installation, Denton, Texas, 2014
- Keynote Address, Texas Diversity Council’s Gulf Coast Diversity Luncheon, Houston, 2014
- Keynote Address, ACUI (Association of College Unions International) Annual Conference, Orlando, 2014
- “Higher Education in Texas,” panelist at the Texas Tribune Festival, Austin, 2014.
- “The Future of Formal and Informal Learning,” Invited speaker at the Summit on the Future of the Library, by of the Association of Research Libraries at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. 2014.
- “Partnering with K-12 and Community Colleges: Impacts on Student,” Panel at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities. 2014.
- “Leadership in the Postsecondary Political Machine: Lessons for Men from Women” 4th Annual COACHE Women’s Leadership Forum at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities. 2014.
- Opening Keynote: Answering the Call to Serve in Challenging Times. Opening Keynote at the Insitutute for New Presidents held by American Council on Education. Arlington, Virginia. 2012.
- “Economic Insights: Competing in the Knowledge Society: What Will It Take?” Presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. With Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Dallas Fed; and Dr. Kerri Briggs, director for education reform at the George W. Bush Institute at SMU. August 2011.
- “Educating Ourselves: Trends and Opportunities in Higher Education.” Presented by U.S. News & World Report. May 2011.
- “America’s Energy Future: Assessing Our Paths to Energy Security.” Moderator. Presented by the Greater Houston Partnership. With Dr. Daniel Sperling, board member of the California Air Resources Board and founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis; Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace Associate Director for the Rice Energy Program at Rice University; Clarence P. Cazalot Jr., President and CEO of Marathon Oil; Steve Winn, CEO of Nuclear Innovation, NRG; and Paul P. Bollinger Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Partnerships. March 2009.
- “Houston Strategic Conference: Houston Growing Globally.” Keynote speaker. Presented by Houston Technology Center. With Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., President & CEO, Marathon Oil; John Mendelsohn, M.D., President , M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; and Merrill A. "Pete" Miller, Jr., Chairman, President & CEO, National Oilwell Varco. December 2008.
- “Houston Growing Globally.” Presented by Houston Strategic Forum. With John Mendelsohn M.D., President, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., President and CEO, Marathon Oil; Robert E. Beauchamp, President and CEO, BMC Software; and Larry Kellner, Chairman and CEO, Continental Airlines. October 2008.
- “Guiding the Next Generation of Female Leaders.” Presented by Global Leadership Network. With astronaut Mae Jemison and BP vice president Kathleen Lucas. October 2008.
- “Diversity Summit: Global Impact on Houston Economy.” Keynote speaker. Presented by Association of Chinese American Professionals. With U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson; Dwaine Priestly, director U.S. Dept. of Commerce; and Richard Wainerdi, CEO of Texas Medical Center. May 2008.
Conference Presentations (2000-2007)
These conference presentations are research presentations and cover the administrative period when Renu Khator served as Dean and Provost at the University of South Florida.
- Renu Khator and Erin Steurer- “Globalization, Technology, and American Higher Education,” presented at the Globalization, Technology, and Development conference, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. April 2007.
- Renu Khator and Kofi Glover- “On the Fringes of Globalization: The New Marginalized Class” presented at the International Political Science Association’s World Congress meeting in Fukuoka, Japan. July 2006.
- Renu Khator- opening address and concluding remarks, presented at the Global Blues and Sustainable Development: The Emerging Challenges for Bureaucracy, Technology, and Governance Research Committee 4 regional meeting in Tampa, Florida. September 2005.
- “Dialog on Sustainable Development: From Stockholm to Rio to Johannesburg and Beyond,” A Symposium on Globalization and the Environment. Tampa, Florida. April 2005.
- “Impact of Globalization on Florida’s Environment: Will the Economy Outpace the Environment?” at the Florida’s Global Frontiers: Impact of Trade Liberalization Conference, Tampa, Florida. September 2004.
- “Civic Engagement and Education in Ghana and Brazil: a Study in Good Governance,” (with Kofi Glover). World Congress Meeting of the International Political Science Association, Durban, South Africa. July 2003.
- Panel chair and discussant. “Environmental Policy.” Florida Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Tampa. March 2003.
- “Good Governance in Global Cities: Chicago,” International Seminar on Local Autonomy, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. October 2002.
- “Self-governance and Local Autonomy in the United States.” International Conference on Self Governance in Seoul, Hanyang University, South Korea. October 2001.
- Panelist, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (November 2001). Invited to organize and participate in a panel on “College Chairs as Leaders” at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences in Washington, D.C. November 2001.
- “The Digital Divide: Ethical Implications for Developing Countries,” co-presenter with Suresh Khator. 2nd AmFiTan Conference on International Ethics at the University of South Florida. February 2001.
- “Legal and Socio-economic Dynamics in Coastal Zone Management: Agent Based Modeling of Spatial Processes,” co-authored with Rafael Sperb and Roberto Pacheco. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Computer Mapping and GIS for Coastal Zone Management, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. June 2001.
- “Ethical Implications of World Trade: Economic Growth, Human Rights and Environmental Consequences for Developing Countries,” presented at the AmFiTan Development Ethics Conference, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania., February 2000.