Dr. Kenneth G. Furton

Dr. Kenneth G. Furton is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Executive Director of the Global Forensic and Justice Center and the Chief Scientific Officer at Florida International University. He is a leading scholar in forensic chemistry, specializing in scent detection. From 2014 to 2022, he has served as Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of FIU where he led the development and implementation of two FIU strategic plans helping to create a dynamic, results-oriented university with dramatic improvements in student success and research preeminence including simultaneously doubling of the four-year graduation rates to over 60%, while also doubling doctorate degrees to 460 and research expenditures to $250M. He helped secure over $100 million in philanthropic gifts and FIU moved from #8 to #1 in the State performance-based funding rankings and was the most improved R1 university in the nation in U.S. News rankings, improving 54 spots in five years to No. 78 public and ranked No. 17 in Innovation and No. 5 in Social Mobility. Deeply committed to the academy, Dr. Furton has supervised the research of more than 140 students and been continuously funded for more than three decades, totaling more than $14 million in grants. He has 26 patents, 2 books, and 221 peer-reviewed publications garnering over 8,000 citations and an h-index of 51. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and an elected fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences as well as the National Academy of Inventors.