A Camden man who served as South Carolina’s higher education commissioner for a decade, but is perhaps best known as the father of two-time gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, has died in a car crash.
The State newspaper reported that the Kershaw County Coroner’s Office confirmed Fred Sheheen’s death in a collision Monday. According to the Highway Patrol’s online database, the wreck near the intersection of John G. Richards Road and River Road in Camden was reported at approximately 2:30 pm Monday.
The elder Sheheen was a former commissioner of the state Commission on Higher Education and commissioner of higher education from 1987 to 1997. He also taught a course on state government at the University of South Carolina’s Honors College.
He was also the director of the Institute for Non-Profit Leadership and the Rural Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University. He is a former journalist and publisher who served as press secretary for former US Sen. and Governor Donald Russell. Sheheen is a graduate of Duke University and the Institute for Education Management at Harvard University.
Fred Sheheen was also the older brother of former SC House Speaker Bob Sheheen, D-Kershaw, who led South Carolina’s General Assembly from 1986 until 1994.