Dr. Salyards is the Executive Director of the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC), Forest Park, Georgia. Prior to his current position, he served as the Chief Scientist for the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL). Before coming to USACIL, he was a Principal Analyst with Analytical Services and authored a study about the best methods to train military operators in material collection during the conduct of operations. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Montana State University, a Masters of Forensic Sciences from The George Washington University and has completed a Fellowship in Forensic Medicine from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
A former Director of the Defense Computer Forensic Laboratory and AFOSI Special Agent, he has 28 years of combined experience in scientific leadership, investigations, forensic consulting and teaching. He served as the Deputy for Operations and Assistant Professor at the Air Force Academy Chemistry Department and was honored with the Outstanding Academy Educator Award. Dr. Salyards has served on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board, the Department of Justice National Steering Committee for Regional Computer Forensic Laboratories, the Council of Federal Forensic Laboratory Directors, the ASCLD Board of Directors, and as a Commissioner for the Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission; he is a current member of the National Commission on Forensic Science. Dr. Salyards is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and has an impressive list of publications and presentations. He is also a retired commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. He has been married for 25 years and has three daughters.
He was appointed to the FSSB in 2016.