University of Texas System regents shouldn’t come knocking at Renu Khator’s door.
The University of Houston System’s chancellor said she isn’t interested in UT’s open chancellorship, which William McRaven said he would vacate by the end of the academic year.
“I am good here,” Khator said, when asked by the Houston Chronicle in January if she was interested in McRaven’s job. “I am very happy here.”
Khator has served as UH’s president and chancellor since 2008, well longer than the average university president. Under her leadership, UH has improved its research profile and graduation rates.
She has said she remains committed to UH, adding in an interview that she hoped to remain at UH through 2027, its 100th anniversary.
“My heart and soul are here,” she said. “The first three years, it felt like a job, just like any other job. I told my husband that sometime during the third year, it became a passion.”
McRaven said in December that he would step down from UT’s top post, citing health concerns, after a difficult year in which the system’s spending saw criticism from lawmakers and regents.
UT’s regents have launched a search committee for McRaven’s successor, headed by board Chair Sara Martinez Tucker. On Thursday, they will discuss the search in executive session.