With the appointment, Khator became the first Indian immigrant to lead a major research university in the U.S. She also became the first female leader of the University of Houston System.
Throughout her career, Khator says she has faced some difficulties making the same progress as others in her field because of her race and gender.
"I had to fight a little bit harder. And I don’t mind that because I think that built my character. But as I moved up, I made sure that other people who are coming behind me don’t have to fight those similar kinds of situations."