District Governors

Carol Burdette

District Governor 2018-2019

Carol Burdette joined the Rotary Club of Anderson in 1994 and quickly got involved as the club newsletter editor.  In 1999, Carol was the second woman to become club president.  From 2001 – 2006 Carol served as an Assistant Governor, and during most of that time served on the District RYLA Committee.

Carol served as District Governor in 2008-09.

From 2010-2012 Carol was a member of the Electric City Rotary Club where she served as CART chair in 2011.  She rejoined the Rotary Club of Anderson in late 2012.  Carol is a member of The Rotary Foundation Bequest Society, is a Benefactor, Major Donor and a member of the Paul Harris Society, and is serving as the Centennial Chair for her Rotary Club.

She is President & Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Anderson County.

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Rob Hanley

District Governor Elect
(District Governor 2019-2020)

Rob joined the Rotary Club of North Greenville in 1994. He served as Club President in 2000-2001 and will serve as Assistant Governor for Area 5. He has served on the District Youth Exchange Committee and is a graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute.

Rob is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Sustaining Member.

He graduated cum laude with honors from The Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, from Duke University with a M.S. degree in Zoology, and from The University of Alabama with a Ph.D. degree in Biology.

He is employed by TRC Environmental Corp. as a Senior Environmental Consultant. His consulting practice includes biological and wetland surveys, and environmental compliance assistance, with an emphasis on Toxic Substances Control Act and mergers and acquisition due diligence.

Rob is a member of First Baptist Church Greenville, where he has served as a Deacon, teaches fifth grade Sunday School, and currently serves on the Faith Formations Committee.

Rob and Lillian have been married for 33 years. They have three children, Maj. Chris Matthew, Erin and Seth, and two grandsons, Sean and Zach.

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Beth Padgett

District Governor Nominee
(District Governor 2019-2020)

Beth joined the Rotary Club of Greenville in 1991. She served as club President in 2001-2002 and was the first woman president of the largest Rotary club in South Carolina. She has served in most major positions in her club, and she is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute.

Beth served as Assistant Governor for Area 3 from 2013-2017. She is a member of The Rotary Foundation Bequest Society and the Paul Harris Society, and she is a Major Donor, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Benefactor.

Beth graduated cum laude with honors from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and she earned a M.A. degree in Journalism from USC. She worked 40 years for newspapers in South Carolina and retired in October 2015 as editorial page editor of The Greenville News. After enjoying a week of retirement, she became Executive Director of Compass of Carolina, a Greenville nonprofit agency that focuses on affordable and compassionate counseling with a special emphasis on domestic violence prevention and intervention.

She is a member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church and currently serves on the church’s Board of Trustees. She has been an avid volunteer for decades and has served on numerous nonprofit Boards in Greenville.

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Frank Cox

District Governor Nominee Designate
(District Governor 2020-2021)

Frank joined the Rotary Club of Clemson-Calhoun in 2012. In 2015, he became club president.  From 2016 – 2019, Frank served as an Assistant Governor for Area 2.  He was responsible for the Silent Auction at our All Club Conferences in 2017 and 2018 and is co-chair for the 2019 All Club Conference.  He is a graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute.

Frank supports the Rotary Foundation and is a proud member of the Bequest Society, a Major Donor, and a member of the Paul Harris Society. He is serving on the District Finance Committee and is a member of the Governor’s Leadership Society.

He graduated in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University in 1968, served 26 years in the US Army, and had a fascinating second career in research and development with the Battelle Memorial Institute and the South Carolina Research Authority. He has served on a number of non-profit boards and is currently on the Clemson Community Foundation Board and the Clemson Corps.

Frank is a member of the First Baptist Church Clemson where he has served as a Deacon, teaches an adult Sunday School, and currently serves as an usher and member of the Properties Team.

Frank and Crossie have been married for 49 years. They have two children, Cady and Campbell and four wonderful grandchildren – Madison, Charlie, Dean, and Rowan.

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