FIU appoints Furton as provost, Béjar VP of Academic Affairs

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MIAMI (April 2, 2014) – FIU President Mark Rosenberg announced today the appointment of Kenneth Furton as provost and executive vice president. Furton, who has served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences since 2007, succeeds Provost Douglas Wartzok, who will be stepping down this summer. 

Rosenberg also announced the appointment of Elizabeth Béjar to vice president for academic affairs. 

Furton is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in forensic chemistry. He has authored more than 700 publications and presentations, and has been awarded more than $10 million for his research over the past two decades.

Prior to assuming duties as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at FIU in 2007, Furton served as a member of the Faculty Senate; chair of the Department of Chemistry; and as 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,” said Mark Rosenberg. 

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

Elizabeth Béjar has ably served as vice provost for academic affairs since 2012, and will assume the duties of vice president for academic affairs this summer.

In addition to teaching in the public school system, Béjar’s professional experience includes serving as an academic policy analyst for the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and as assistant dean/director of academic support services at FIU.

In 2009, Béjar was asked to serve as FIU’s first vice provost for academic planning and accountability. In this role she was responsible for establishing the institutional assessment and evaluation plans and policies that led to FIU having no recommendations for improvement in these areas in the 2010 SACS reaffirmation of accreditation review.

Béjar has a bachelor’s of arts in psychology and elementary education from the University of Miami, a master’s in international and intercultural development education from FIU, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College.

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About FIU:
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida¹s anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded 200,000 degrees and enrolls 50,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit


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