HALL OF HONOR INDUCTION
Renu Khator, Tilman Fertitta Inducted into UH Athletics Hall of Honor. UH President and Chairman of the UHS Board of Regents Honored at Private Opening Celebration of Fertitta Center
University of Houston President Renu Khator joined Tilman Fertitta, chairman of the University of Houston System Board of Regents, as the newest members of the UH Athletics Hall of Honor. Both leaders were inducted during the private opening celebration of the new Fertitta Center. Khator’s induction was an unexpected surprise for not only her, but also the hundreds of alumni, donors, dignitaries and Hall of Honor members in attendance. Their unwavering commitment to success has been instrumental in the transformation of the UH athletics program over the past decade. Facility upgrades for football, basketball, baseball, track, golf and more—along with key personnel hires and commitments from top tier recruits—have elevated success on and off the playing field. Over a quarter of a billion dollars has been invested in upgrading athletics facilities since Khator took office in 2008 (Fertitta was appointed to the UHS Board of Regents in 2009 and has been chairman since 2014). “I’ve always believed in having a winning athletics program because a losing athletics program is nothing but a liability,” said Khator. “Successful athletics helps drive student success which is a top priority.” “One of the ways you build brand awareness is through your athletic department. It’s a proven fact that if you have winning athletics, money pours back into the university and our chancellor and president Renu Khator understands that,” said Fertitta.
Howie Lorch, Tillman Fertitta and Family, Renu Khator, and Sen. John Whitmire
Tilman Fertitta with the UH Cheerleaders
Renu Khator and Tillman Fertitta
From left to right: Don Chaney, Elvin Hayes, Chris Pezman, Bob Smith and Alois Blackwell