Carol Burdette was born and raised in Anderson County, South Carolina and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1978. She would continue her education, receiving a degree in Psychology from Southern Wesleyan University. She currently lives in Pendleton, where she served as mayor from 1997-2009. She is an active member of the Pendleton United Methodist Church and dedicates her time to serving our community. She currently serves as the CEO of the United Way of Anderson County, and has remained active since first volunteering 26 years ago. For Carol, public service is not a hobby or occupation, it’s a way of life. Her focus is and always has been helping others and making our community a better place. She served as the County’s first Keep America Beautiful Director and has worked for the South Carolina DHEC as a health educator at the County Health Department. She previously served as Regional Director for the American Heart Association. Her public service experience includes 10 years on the Pendleton Town Council and 12 years as the Mayor of Pendleton. She has served on and as president of the Board of Directors for the Municipal Association of South Carolina. 

She also serves or has served on the following committees:

  • Board of Trustees of Spartanburg Methodist College
  • Board of Directors of Sister Cities International
  • Board Chair of the Anderson
  • Oconee Pickens Mental Health Board
  • Anderson University Board of Visitors
  • President of Advance South Carolina
  • Chair of the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Rotary District Governor
  • United Way of Anderson County Campaign
  • Board Chair President of the Pendleton Historic Foundation
  • President of the Clemson Little Theatre
  • Chair of the Board of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair of the Board of the Anderson Area YMCA
  • Chair of the Town of Pendleton’s 225 Anniversary Steering Committee
  • Chair of the Board of Ten At The Top

Through the recognition of Carol’s many efforts, she has received:

  • 2014 Anderson County Economic Development Ambassador of the Year
  • Anderson Area Chamber’s Athena Award
  • Independent Mail’s Pointing The Way Award
  • Pendleton Town Hall dedicated to her
  • Auditorium at the Pendleton Playhouse named after her