Don Fowler is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina. He received a BA in psychology from Wofford College and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in political science.
He began teaching at the University of South Carolina in 1964, where he continues as an adjunct professor of American Politics in the Department of Political Science. He is the Chairman of the Board of Fowler Communications, Inc., a public relations and governmental affairs firm.
Don served as Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party for nine years from 1971 to 1980, as CEO of the Democratic National Convention held in Atlanta in 1988, and as Chair of the Democratic National Committee in 1995 and 1996.
Mr. Fowler served for 30 years in the United States Army as an active duty officer and reservist. He retired in 1987. He is a member of the Washington Street United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
He was married to Septima Twyford Briggs for 40 years prior to her death in 1997.
Their two children are Donnie, a business and political executive in California, and Cissy, who has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In 2005 Mr. Fowler married Carol Khare Fowler.