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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

Bill Wor­rell

Renu Kha­tor and Till­man Fer­titta

From left to right: Don Chaney, Elvin Hayes, Chris Pez­man, Bob Smith and Alois Black­well

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