Michael McLendon

Goldwater Center for Science and Engineering
650 E Tyler Mall.
Program Manager
University Staff
TEMPE Campus



Michael McLendon performs work in planning, organizing and directing the administrative and operational activities of the Cosmology Initiative. These duties include strategic financial planning, forecasting, accounting, student staff supervision, internal controls/procedures and procurement for the Cosmology Initiative at Arizona State University.

Michael grew up a avid Sun Devil fan and attended college at Arizona State University. Spent 10+ years at Motorola before joining ASU full time. Michael was the first and only recipient of the Most Spirited ASU faculty/ Staff Award. Voted on by his ASU peers. Michael was hired by ASU financial services department in 2006 and then moved to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dean's office working with the Financial services planning team where he worked for 4 years. He then moved into the ASU History Department (SHPRS) where he served as the Business operations manager, He then moved to his current role as Program Manager to facilitate financial operations for the Cosmology Initiative, The Cosmology Initiative at ASU bridges the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and the Physics Department, two academic units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and represents a major new national program. With over 20 faculty members whose research activities include experimental, observational and theoretical cosmology and astrophysics, creating one of the broadest and deepest cosmology programs in the country.



Arizona State University

University of Phoenix

Mesa Community College


Arizona State University : Most Spirited Facuty and Staff Member

Professional Associations

Tempe Leadership Academy (Affiliate)

Tempe Diablos (Affiliate)

Tempe Neighborhood Advisory Council (Member)


Pat's Run Volunteer ( 14 years)

ASU Staff Council (Parlimentarian)

Tempe Advisory council member


Work History

Motorola Inc.

Arizona State University (current)