Kenneth G. Furton, Ph.D.
Title: FIU Provost, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer; Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Kenneth G. Furton was named Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of FIU on July 1, 2014. He began his distinguished academic career at FIU in 1988 as an assistant professor in chemistry. In 1997, he founded FIU's International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI), which is globally recognized as a premier institute on forensic science.
Prior to assuming the Provostship, Furton served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for seven years. There, he transformed the university's largest college into three mission-based interdisciplinary schools, helped raise nearly $50 million in philanthropic gifts and increased research grants funding, garnering nearly $310 million in research awards for the college during his tenure.
Deeply committed to the academy, Furton is a leading scholar in forensic chemistry, specializing in scent detection. He is the author and co-author of more than 700 publications and presentations and has had continuous funding totaling $10 million in external research awards for over two decades. He 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 the University of Wales, Swansea, and U.K in 1988.