Dr. Leslie Pendleton
Leslie was named Director of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program in 2009. Prior, she served as an Assistant Director in New Student and Family Programs in the Dean of Students Office at the University of Florida from 2006-2009.
She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the College of Wooster, a master's degree in college student personnel from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Florida.
Leslie 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) and the Division of Student Affairs Research and Assessment award (2016).
William Atkins serves as the Assistant Director for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program. He is originally from Tampa, Florida and is a proud Gator alum. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism at the University of Florida and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Schools, Society, and Culture. His career has included various roles in campus activities, fraternity & sorority life, and leadership engagement at the University of Michigan and Miami University in Oxford, OH.
Will is committed to supporting student success and serving as an advocate for them as they navigate and shape their academic and co-curricular experiences. Some of his responsibilities include teaching the MFOS section of First Year Florida, working one on one with scholars, and coordinating the MFOS peer mentoring program.