As director of the Business Services Directorate, Rich Pendleton provides support to the Directorates at the Frederick National Laboratory in the areas of operational and organizational management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, and an MBA and certification in contract management. Pendelton has held various positions in both the scientific and administrative programs at NCI-Frederick. He has more than 30 years of experience working in scientific and management positions.
Pendleton previously worked at Martin Marietta where he oversaw environmental impact studies on the Chesapeake Bay. At NCI-Frederick, he worked in the Environmental Research Section and then held scientific program management positions before joining the Financial and Administrative Systems. Pendleton assumed responsibility for oversight of financial and administrative systems in support of NCI-Frederick Programs and established the Contract Management Office to provide a single point of contact for contract management and operational issues with the goal to increasing response time and eliminating duplication.
He received the SAIC-Frederick, Inc. Distinguished Career Service Award in 2001 for innovation in managing the OTS financial and contract administrative departments. Pendleton is a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and past president of the Frederick Chapter of the NCMA. He is also a member of the Project Management Institute. He served as the Chairperson of the Frederick County Board of Education Ethics Committee and is a graduate of the 2011 Leadership Frederick County Program. Pendleton is currently the director for the Leadership Frederick County Executive Council.