Monday, 8-9:15 a.m. | Room: Texas E & F
Join us for an insightful conversation with University of Houston President Renu Khator and Austin College President Marjorie Hass as they discuss the changing face of Advancement. From fundraising to alumni relations, no topic is off limits. Moderated by Porter Garner, President of the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M, the presentation will take on the hurdles and successes of the most visible position on campus and talk through the challenges and victories. With time for your Q&A at the end!
Dr. Marjorie Hass
President, Austin College
Marjorie Hass, Ph.D., was named the 15th president of Austin College in July 2009 and continues in that role until July 2017, when she will assume the presidency of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. President Hass has strengthened a firm foundation of success at Austin College, promoting a culture of academic excellence and access to legendary teaching.
Dr. Hass has brought strong direction to the campus, combining the heart of a teacher with her keen business insight. Guiding the development of the College’s strategic plan, “Adding Value to a Changing World,” she has worked with trustees, faculty, staff, and students to implement initiatives that have enhanced the profile of the institution at all levels. Since 2009, Dr. Hass has employed a transparent and disciplined approach to financial stability as the College has successfully navigated a recessionary economy. Engaged with higher education issues beyond her own campus, she is a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and is the past chair of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). She recently completed her term on the board of the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC), and she also has served on the NCAA Division III Management Council and the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Dr. Hass is a presidential sponsor for the Texas Women in Higher Education conference and is active in the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT).
Dr. Renu Khator
President, University of Houston
Renu Khator holds the dual titles of Chancellor of the University of Houston (UH) System and President of the University of Houston. The UH System’s first woman chancellor and the first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive research university in the United States, she assumed her post in January 2008.
As chancellor of the UH System, Khator oversees a four-university organization that serves nearly 70,000 students, has an annual budget that exceeds $1.7 billion, and produces a $6 billion-plus economic impact on the Greater Houston area each year. As president of the University of Houston, she is the chief executive officer of the largest and oldest of the four UH System universities.
Khator was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Kanpur. She received her master’s degree in political science and Ph.D. in political science and public administration from Purdue University. A noted scholar in the field of global environmental policy, she has published numerous books and articles on the subject. Prior to her appointment, she was provost and senior vice president at the University of South Florida, capping a 22-year career at that institution.
Porter S. Garner III ’79
President and CEO of the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M
Porter graduated from Texas A&M University in 1979 with a degree in marketing and began his career with Hughes Tool Company before joining The Association’s staff as Field Director in 1981. After nearly 18 years of service to The Association, Porter was unanimously elected by the Board of Directors to lead the organization, making him only the seventh chief executive in The Association’s 138-year history. He assumed the leadership position in 2000 and over the last 16 years as President and CEO, has led initiatives to achieve The Association’s vision to become the premier alumni association, enhance Association services, and broaden the organization’s reach and relevance to the worldwide Aggie Network. Porter serves as a non-voting member of The Association’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, working closely with the Board to ensure that donated funds are used in the most efficient and effective ways to benefit Texas A&M and the Aggie Network. Porter is a member of the Self-Governing Alumni Forum, Council of Alumni Association Executives, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and serves on the board of directors of the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – College Station Region. He served on numerous boards to include: CASE District IV, CASE Commission on Alumni Relations, Brazos Valley Rehab Center and March of Dimes.