Leadership and Governance

Kenneth R. Fulton

Kenneth R. Fulton is the Executive Director of the National Academy of Sciences. Following service in the U.S. Navy, where he was trained as a linguist, he joined the staff of the Academy in 1971. He served as a staff officer in the National Research Council until 1980, when he was appointed to the Academy's executive office.

Mr. Fulton directs the Academy's membership activities, including the election of its officers and members, and their annual and regional meetings; the offices of the Academy president, vice president, and home secretary, and its governing Council; program activities, including NAS awards, bilateral scientific Forums with the UK and Israel, the US and multi-national Frontiers of Science symposia; the LabX public engagement program; and the Office of Cultural Programs, which presents activities that explore the intersections among the arts, science, and popular culture. He is also the publisher of the Proceedings, the Academy's journal of original research, and is the executive director of The National Academies’ Corporation.

Mr. Fulton holds a bachelor's degree in the social and behavioral sciences, and a master's degree in management. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Society of Association Executives. He served for six years on the Committee on Dissemination of Scientific Information of the International Council for Science (formerly ICSU Press).

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