Kenneth G. Furton has served as Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Florida International University since 2014. Before becoming provost, he served as dean of FIU’s College of Arts and Sciences for 7 years where he raised nearly $50 million in philanthropic gifts and garnered $310 million in research awards. He has led the development and implementation of the university’s strategic plan, FIUBeyondPossible2020. Under this plan, the university experienced dramatic increases in student success and research preeminence, securing Carnegie R1 - Highest Research desgination and a top 100 ranking in U.S.News and World Report. During this time, FIU moved from #8 to #2 in the state and moved from meeting none of the preeminent research university metrics to achieving 8 of 12 in 2018 to qualify as an emerging preeminent research university.
Dr. Furton earned a B.S. in Forensic Science at the University of Central Florida in 1983, a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Wayne State University in 1986 and completed post-doctoral studies in Nuclear Chemistry at Swansea University, U.K in 1988. He is a leading scholar in forensic chemistry, specializing in scent detection and is the author or co-author of more than 800 publications and presentations, including 21 patents and 2 books. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He serves on numerous local, national and international professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines, which he chaired since its inception in 2004. He is currently chair of the Organization for Scientific Area Committees Dog and Sensors group and the Dogs and Sensors Consensus Body of the American Academy of Forensic Science Standards Board creating national standards.