Under her leadership, in the past decade the university has broken enrollment records, achieved Tier One Research status in record time and is in the middle of a $1 billion capital campaign as the school's athletics teams continue to be a part of the national conversation.
As for her family life, academics are in the family. Khator's husband is associate dean of the Cullen College of Engineering. The mother of two daughters with doctorate degrees says it's her passion and mission that keep her going.
"I hope when the students leave from the University of Houston, I hope they leave with that kind of pride, esteem and confidence that they can do anything in this world," said Khator. "I think the best thing I like that I feel could be part of the legacy is when I hear from people I'm so proud to be a Cougar."