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FIU appoints new provost



Florida International University has selected its next provost: Arts and Sciences Dean Kenneth Furton.

The university announced Furton’s selection Wednesday afternoon. He will replace departing Provost Douglas Wartzok, who steps down this summer.

The provost serves as a FIU’s chief academic administrator, second in authority only to the president.

In its announcement, the university praised Furton as a “nationally and internationally recognized scholar in forensic chemistry.” Furton, according to FIU, has authored more than 700 publications and presentations, and has been awarded more than $10 million for his research during the past 20 years.

Furton became dean of FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences in 2007. Before that, Furton held the titles of department chair in chemistry, and also associate dean of budget, facilities, and research.

“Dr. Furton’s qualities make him uniquely suited to follow in the big footsteps of Provost Doug Wartzok and assume leadership as Provost immediately,” FIU President Mark Rosenberg said in a statement.

Furton has a bachelor’s degree in forensic science from the University of Central Florida and a Ph.D in analytical chemistry from Wayne State University. He also completed post-doctoral studies in nuclear chemistry at the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K.

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