Kenneth Sargent

Emeritus Professor

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Ken Sargent has taught Watershed Hydrology and Hydrogeology classes at Furman and served as the water resources specialist in the update for over 3 decades. He was instrumental in creating a culture in the department that put a strong emphasis on faculty and student mentorship, and research experiences for undergraduates. He developed the River Basins Research Initiative (RBRI), an interdisciplinary collaborative research program that was funded by NSF-REU grants from 1990 until 2005 supporting a large number of undergraduates and brought together faculty from sciences and social sciences to work collaboratively to address environmental issues caused by urbanization. He was also instrumental in developing a collaborative alliance with Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) in San Juan, Puerto Rico that facilitated UMET student and faculty participation in RBRI program. He has published many peer-reviewed articles and co-presented dozens of projects at regional and national professional conferences with undergraduate students as lead authors. He oversaw the science building renovation project and continues to engage and support the department and the university.


  • B. S., Chemistry Furman University, 1962
  • M.S., Geology University of Oklahoma, 1970
  • Ph.D., Geology University of Oklahoma. 1974

Research Interests

Watershed hydrology, water quality vs land cover/land use, factors governing surface water quality.