Carol is a Pendleton native who has lived in Anderson County her entire life, attending Anderson County public schools and receiving a bachelor’s of arts degree from Southern Wesleyan University in 1982. She has been involved with community organizations as a volunteer or staff member for 35 years. For 22 of those 35 years, Carol served in elected office in the Town of Pendleton as a council member from 1987 – 1997 and mayor from 1997 – 2009. Burdette has been the Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Anderson County since 2002 after serving as a volunteer with the organization for 13 years.
Among many of her volunteer positions, Carol served as Board Chair of the Anderson Area YMCA, the United Way of Anderson County, the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, and the South Carolina Association of Non-Profit Organizations. She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Anderson and a Rotary Past District Governor. Burdette was also president of Advance SC and the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
Currently, Carol is serving on the Board of Visitors of Anderson University, served on the Anderson Oconee Pickens Mental Health Board for eleven years, and recently finished a twelve year term on the Board of Trustees of Spartanburg Methodist College. She is a past chair of Ten At The Top, the Anderson Area Sister Cities Association and the Pendleton Historic Foundation. Carol also chaired the Town of Pendleton’s 225th Anniversary Committee and a six year term on the board of Sister Cities International.
Carol is a member of Pendleton United Methodist Church where she is serving as Stewardship Chair and has served as Lay Leader, member of the Council of Stewards and Board of Trustees. She also serves as a Lay Speaker and has served on Anderson District committees and Lay Delegate to the SC United Methodist Conference.
Burdette has been honored with the Pointing The Way Award, the Athena award, the Leadership Anderson Alumni Award, presidential citation from her alma mater Southern Wesleyan University, 2014 Economic Development Ambassador for Anderson County by Governor Nikki Haley and was named as one of the 15 over 50 by the Independent Mail and named Non-Profit Director of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. In 2020 Burdette was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women of the Upstate by the GSA Business Report, and most recently Carol received the Order of the Palmetto which is South Carolina’s highest civilian award and the Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award.