Renu Khator

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    September 4, 2014

    Conservative PAC Calls Out Whitmire on Khator Texts (But Not Really)

    In a tongue-in-cheek letter to Travis County's Public Integrity Unit, a Houston lawyer for a conservative PAC has called for an investigation into Senator John Whitmire's "coercive" texts to UH President Renu Khator. Jerad Wayne Najvar told the Press that the August 29 letter to Travis County DA Ro ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Renu Khator: Media "Misled" on UH Housing Plan

    Toward the end of a thorough ass-chewing via text with Senator John Whitmire over a student housing proposal, UH President Renu Khator did what public officials who screw up have done from time immemorial: she blamed the messenger. You see, according to Khator's text, the media "misled" people by r ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    University of Houston Nixes Mandatory Campus Housing Plan From Agenda

    University of Houston officials have suspended their plan requiring freshmen to live on campus after some blowback from Texas Senator John Whitmire. University officials pulled the proposal from a Board of Regents meeting agenda this week after Whitmire voiced his concern Monday to UH Chancellor an ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Cougars Go All In On Rocket's Kelvin Sampson Despite NCAA Issue

    The University of Houston announced last night that Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has been named as the ninth head coach in the history of the men's basketball team. Sampson's the former head coach at Washington State, Oklahoma, and Indiana. He got all of those schools into the NCAA ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    Best of Houston® 2013: University of Houston's Dr. Renu Khator

    A great city, no matter where it is, needs an equally powerful university. That's what Dr. Renu Khator, president and chancellor of the University of Houston System, thinks. Like so many Houstonians, Khator is not a native. When she accepted her position with UH, she had been to the city only once ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    The Sit-In Worked! UH President Commits $1 Million to Helping English Teaching Fellows Out of Poverty

    After nearly a week of early mornings, late nights, and a few choice Facebook posts, it seems the University of Houston's English Teaching Fellows' sit-in has finally ended. A meeting with President Renu Khator, and a subsequent statement from her office, detailed the measures the university is will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Forced to Work at Waffle Bus, Rice English Ph.D. Students Lodge Stipend Complaints

    It seems that the Teaching Fellows at the University of Houston may have started something. While those English Dept. Masters and Ph.D. students have begun a sit-in near Chancellor Renu Khator's office to force a discussion about their meager stipends -- the group's annual funds remain below the nat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    UH President Renu Khator Thinks You're Fat!! (Maybe)

    University of Houston president Renu Khator has been known throughout her stint as a chic dresser, in a business-savvy way. Her fashion style is constantly on display to UH alumni who get the school's magazine; each issue seems to contain a half-dozen or so pictures of Khator on the job. Nothing w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Is This The Dawning of A Cougars Renaissance? Don't Be Too Sure

    The Houston Chronicle's Sam Khan, Jr. had a good story on Houston Cougars athletics yesterday. It's called a story of a renaissance, and it looks back at the last 10 months of the program. It's told through the eyes of the football program, going through the incredible season the Coogs had as they m ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    UH Board Approves New Football Stadium, Construction to Begin

    The UH Board of Regents has approved plans to build a new football stadium on the other end of campus from on the site of Robertson Stadium, president Renu Khator says. "Board approves construction of stadium at current for the new stadium rising!" she tweeted a short while ago. The s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Watch Out Big East, Here Come the Cougars

    The Cougars are going to have a new home starting in 2013.​The expansion of the Big East has been a long-expected announcement, especially seeing as how several members of the conference are on the verge of departure. And one of the long-rumored names of this expansion has been the University ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Oh Yeah, And The Cougars Win Back The Bayou Bucket

    Photo by Aaron SprecherJust another record-breaking night for the Cougars.​Check out our slideshow of last night's rainy Bayou Bucket game. Houston's Tyron Carrier took the opening kickoff 100-yards for the touchdown to quickly put the Cougars up 7-0. Then the rain hit and the Rice Owls came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Coog Radio Signs Online As UH's First-Ever Student-Run Station

    Charne GrahamThe Faces of Coog Radio: Operations Director Sofia Straus, Music Director Josue Garcia and Co-founder Conner Clifton (first picture), and DJ Janet Quiroa (second).​The University of Houston finally has its first student-founded and student-run radio station, Coog Radio, which laun ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Five Famous Indian and Pakistani Houstonians

    India and Pakistan are 64 years old this week.​Dust off your South Asian flags, because this week we celebrate India's (August 15) and Pakistan's (August 14) Independence Days. Sixty-four years ago, India freed itself from the Brits and split itself into two countries. Luckily many crossed the ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    UH Among Best Colleges To Work At, Study Says

    Study give the Coogs props​If you're working at the University of Houston, you should be happy. Not just because anyone who has a job in higher ed should be happy, but because you're employed at one of the best colleges to be working for, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The p ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Go Texan Day Pictures: The Educators

    Elizabeth ShawParker Elementary Principal Drew Houlihan says howdy​Don't forget to send your Go Texan Day pictures to the Houston Press Flickr page, where glory awaits. Meanwhile, we have two entries from the Educators category. Above, Drew Houlihan -- the principal at Parker Elementary, HISD ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    UH's "Tier One" Talk Gets a Little More Legitimate

    UH: We're (kinda) Tier One!​Just as Houston officials throw around "world-class city" ad nauseam, boosters of the University of Houston throw "Tier One University" into every other sentence, it seems. The mysterious and vague "Tier One" description is reserved for the nation's elite schools; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Texas Watchdog: U Of H Covered Up KTRU Purchase Plans

    Bad Cougars? Bad advice?​The investigative Web site Texas Watchdog says it has obtained emails that show the nonprofit agency hired by the University of Houston to negotiate the purchase of KTRU (91.7 FM) from Rice University encouraged U of H officials to keep their plans to buy the mostly st ... More >>

  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Resurrecting Phi Slama Jama

    Can UH resurrect its basketball glory days?

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    August 26, 2010


    UH and Rice make deal with Chron

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Media Embargo: UH And Rice Get What They Want From The Chronicle

    They probably played this on KTRU​If you're going to kill off the last station in town that epitomizes "college radio" (for better or worse), you have to work hard not to come off looking like a villain.The University of Houston and Rice sure did, using a media embargo in cooperation with the Hous ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    KTRU: Is UH About To Buy Rice's Station And Transform It From Unique To Bland?

    R.I.P., KTRU as we know it?​Could the end of KTRU as Houston knows it be upon us? Our sister blog Rocks Off has heard that Rice student station at 91.7 FM, long one of Houston radio's few outlets for underground, avant-garde and local music, may about to be acquired by the University of Houston f ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    KTRU: Is U Of H About To Buy Rice Student Station?

    ​Could the end of KTRU as Houston knows it be upon us? Rocks Off has heard that Rice student station at 91.7 FM, long one of Houston radio's few outlets for underground, avant-garde and local music, may about to be acquired by the University of Houston for use as a sister station to KUHF. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    UH's New Stadium/Arena Plan: Now Comes The Hard Part

    Illustrations courtesy UHYour Name Here Stadium​UH has announced a bold plan to upgrade facilities, essentially building a new football stadium and massively renovating the basketball arena.The $160 million plan has the backing of UH president Renu Khator and the board of regents, so it's going ah ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Annise Parker Appoints Committee To Study Continental Merger; Problem Solved

    Some mellow mood music for the panel​Continental Airline's decision to merge with United and base itself out of Chicago wasn't very good news.But fret not: A committee has been appointed to study the situation.Mayor Annise Parker has announced the economic impact of the merger will be examined by ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    The World Cup Is Coming To Houston! The Trophy, At Least

    ​While Houston won't be hosting any World Cup games anytime soon, fans of the world's most popular sports can at least lay they eyes up on the world's most coveted trophy.The World Cup trophy is coming to the University of Houston and will be on display as part of a soccer festival that will featu ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Grier Says HISD Not Rigorous Enough for All Students, Promises Changes

    Photo by Margaret Downing​"Uncross your arms," Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier semi playfully pleaded today with some members of his huge audience at his first ever State of the Schools address for teachers, administrators, business leaders and politicians. He ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    UH & TSU Get A Little Closer To Each Other

    ​The University of Houston and Texas Southern University are near-neighbors across Scott Street, but that hasn't always made them the best of friends. UH has had a (under-the-table, to be sure) tendency to look down on the chronically troubled, historically black school.But these days, it's gettin ... More >>

  • News

    December 10, 2009

    O'Brien's Song

    After years of fighting everybody and anybody, now the ornery, annoying civil rights activist has to concentrate on fighting for his life.

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    October 30, 2009

    UH Hoops Still Dreaming Of Making It Back To March Madness

    Photo courtesy UH​Guy V. Lewis last coached the University of Houston men's basketball team in 1986. His last great team lost in the 1984 NCAA title game to the Georgetown Hoyas. He left a legacy of 27 straight winning seasons. Fourteen seasons with 20-plus wins. Fourteen NCAA tournament appearanc ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    The Closing Of UH's Pre-School Is Getting Nasty

    When last Hair Balls looked into the sudden closure of the Human Development Lab, UH's venerable and acclaimed (if ominously named) pre-school, the situation was just starting to simmer. By now the stew over on Wheeler is on full boil. A Save HDLS web site has been created, and parents have proteste ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    UH Having Trouble Filling Its Fancy New Dorm

    Photo courtesy UHCalhoun Lofts, UH's swanky new facility intended for graduate and professional students, has almost everything: a 24-hour fitness center, private terraces and programming that includes yoga and cooking classes. As of late as last week, though, one thing was missing from the expensiv ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    UH-Downtown's Max Castillo, We Hardly Blew Ye

    That was some send-off the Chronicle gave over the weekend to Max Castillo, outgoing president of UH-Downtown. It was the kind of glowing profile some cynical journalists call a "blow job."In it we learned that Castillo:a) is "a bilingual Hispanic, at a time when 85 percent of college presidents are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Chances The Next Issue Of UH's Alumni Magazine Will Feature A Photo of Renu Khator With The "BP Buggy": 100 Percent

    In recent history, BP has faced a few public relations challenges. But the company has a vehicle for refurbishing its image: the BP Buggy. It's been gifting them all over the place, to parks, nature centers and universities. And the latest recipient is the University of Houston, which received its v ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Mr. and Mrs. Iyer

    UH President Dr. Renu Khator shares her favorite flick

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008

    UH's President Acknowledges Pissing Off A Lot Of People

    UH president Renu Khator took a lot of heat for her decision to open campus and hold classes beginning the Tuesday after Ike hit. Some faculty and staff loudly complained; students were confused about how flexible attendance requirements would be; communications, in terms of getting the word to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    UH's Renu Khator Is Really Ready For Her Close-Up

    As a UH alum, we naturally read the alumni magazine that comes out every few months. The last issue was the first since Renu Khator had been announced as the new head of UH, so we didn't think it too odd that there were a lot of pictures of Khator in it. Cougars needed to see her in many different ... More >>

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    June 19, 2008
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    May 29, 2008

    Pop Quiz with UH President Renu Khator

    New UH president, same commuter school

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2008

    UH President Says a Med School Would Be Nice

    UH President and Chancellor Renu Khator says she loves athletics but she doesn’t want to be on the sidelines if any new medical schools are handed out in the state. “We can be top tier without a medical school so it’s not a must for us,” she said in a face to face with the Press at her off ... More >>

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    May 16, 2008

    The Pain in the UH to Tier I Process

    Last night it was a love fest in one room of the library at the University of Houston’s main campus. The new president and chancellor Renu Khator was up there in front of the special invited guests just prior to introducing the four new regents, and she was sharing her vision of what it will tak ... More >>

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    February 26, 2008

    Houstoned Theatre Presents: Students, Sweatshops and, um, a Gigantic Telephone

    For the second time, activists from University of Houston Students Against Sweatshops stormed President Renu Khator's office to demand she sign the Designated Suppliers Program, which would help protect the rights of workers who manufacture University apparel. And for the second time, Khator was not ... More >>