A graduate in Nursing from St. Louis University, Mrs. Machen had a 25 year career in nursing before coming to UF and serving as First Lady from 2004-2014.
At UF Chris is probably best known for being a driving force behind the sustainability initiative at work on campus and for being the co-founder of the St. Francis Pet Care Clinic. This free clinic cares for the pets of low income residents and the homeless. Mrs. Machen raised awareness and support for many other organizations on campus and in the Gainesville community through her many volunteer commitments.
Juniors or seniors with a 3.6 GPA or greater who demonstrate responsible leadership and give service to the university and/or the community.