Leslie Pendleton was named Director of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program in 2009. Before that, she served as an Assistant Director in New Student and Family Programs in the Dean of Students Office at the University of Florida.
Leslie earned a bachelor's in political science from the College of Wooster in Ohio and a master's in college student personnel from Miami University in Ohio. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Florida.
She received the Art Sandeen Outstanding New Professional Award (2007) and the James E Scott Professional Development Fellowship (2008). More recently, she was awarded the UF's university-wide Superior Accomplishment award (2011).