Khatour's husband encouraged her to study at Purdue, where she received a masters degree in political science and a doctorate in political science and public administration, and has supported her as she has risen in the ranks of the nation's top educators. "Talk about karma. My father married me off to absolutely the right man," she said.
After a 22-year-career at the University of South Florida, Khator was hired in the dual role of University of Houston president and chancellor of the UH System in 2008. Given her success at UH, she admits that she is often asked when she plans to leave Houston to head up a larger, wealthier university in another city. She says with conviction that she can't imagine leaving.
"You tell me one place that is as embracing and inclusive as Houston," she said. "I love India, but can I tell you how fortunate I am to be an American, and a Texan, and a Houstonian. Every day here is a blessed day."
At the sangeet, Kiran provided a feast of Indian delicacies. Decor by Touch of Elegance and florals by Plants n Petals.