Kenneth G. Furton has served as Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Florida International University since 2014. He is a leading scholar in forensic chemistry, specializing in scent detection. He served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2007 to 2014, where he transformed the university's largest college into three mission-based interdisciplinary schools to explore and address some of the biggest issues facing society. While Dean he raised nearly $50M in philanthropic gifts and college research grant funding increased from $27 million in 2007 to $60 million annually in 2013. In 2014 Dr. Furton chaired the iREAL (integrating Research, Engagement, Assessment and Learning) Commission on the future of FIU, he led the committee that created FIU's BeyondPossible2020 Strategic Plan and co-chaired the committee creating the FIU NextHorizon2025 Strategic Plan. He leads the implementation of FIU's strategic plan which has seen FIU move from #8 to #2 in the State in performance based funding rankings. During this time, FIU 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 and moving from R2 to R1 Carnegie Research University. In addition, FIU has moved rapidly in rankings moving to a top 50 national public university including moving from having only 2 to now having 42 programs ranked top 50 in USNews and World report.

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. Having started at FIU in 1988 as an assistant professor in chemistry, Dr. Furton in 1997 founded FIU's International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI), which is globally recognized as one of the premier research and teaching institutes on forensic science. He subsequently served as associate dean of budget, facilities and research and remains director emeritus at IFRI, where he continues to be active, directing the research of graduate and undergraduate students and publishing papers and filing patents. His expertise has led him to serve in 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.

Deeply committed to the academy, Dr. Furton continues to be active mentoring research students and publishing. He is the author or co-author of more than 207 peer reviewed publications, 21 patents, 2 books and 658 conference presentations including hundreds of invited talks nationally and internationally. Dr. Furton has testified as an expert witness in dozens of state and federal trials. His research projects have been continuously funded for more than three decades, totaling more than $14 million in external funding. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Academy of Inventors.

Dr. Furton is the proud father of twins, Robert and Courtney, who graduated from FIU in 2017.

If you have any concerns or comments please feel free to reach out to the Provost with the information below:

Kenneth G. Furton, Ph.D
Provost and Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PC 526
Miami, Florida 33199
(305) 348-2151
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