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Indian-American Renu Khator appointed to Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council

Renu Khator, the Indian-American president of University of Houston

Washington, Oct 20 (UITV)- Renu Khator, the Indian-American president of University of Houston and one of the top woman academicians in the US has been appointed as the member of US Department of Homeland Security’s Academic Advisory Council.

US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the appointment on Wednesday. Khator, who will serve a four-year term, was selected by DHS based on her expertise in higher education leadership and UH’s leadership in homeland security research.

The council, which is made up of 23 members, including college presidents, academic leaders and inter-agency partners, provides advice and recommendations to the secretary on matters related to Homeland Security and the academic community.

The Homeland Security’s Academic Advisory Council was founded in 2012 and as of now it has made more than 120 recommendations in the areas of academic research, faculty exchange, campus resilience, cyber security and international students. It also makes adequate inferences to academic programs and recruitment of current students and graduates.

Khator joined the UH System in 2008and oversees a four-university organization that serves nearly 70,000 students, has an annual budget that exceeds $1.7 billion and generates nearly $6 billion economic impact on the Greater Houston area each year.

“Serving on this council is both an honor and a serious responsibility,” the Indian-American educator said in a statement. “There can be no more important task than maintaining the safety of our country. Through research, innovation and workforce development, higher education must continue to play a vital role in helping DHS meet that crucial objective.”

Khator was born in Uttar Pradesh, completed her bachelor’s at the University of Kanpur and later joined Purdue University where she perused master’s and doctorate degree in political science and public administration.