The Power Issue: Renu Khator Is Working Nonstop to Turn a Commuter School Into a World-class University
But Khator’s work is far from done. U.S. News & World Report ranks UH a mediocre 171 among 312 national research universities, in part because only 54 percent of students graduate in six years—ten points higher than when Khator arrived but still six points below the national average. Her efforts to improve graduation rates while juggling dozens of other tasks—most prominently, her plan to open a new medical school—make Khator one of the hardest-working university presidents in the country. To see how she keeps so many balls in the air, Texas Monthly tagged along with her during a typical workday.