Patricia Mayes Hines, a political and educational consultant, died Saturday. She was 61.

Hines, who attended Ashley Hall School in Charleston, was appointed to the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science in 2003. In 1998, she was named assistant secretary of Education for Research and Information, under President George H. W. Bush.

Hines also served as deputy director of the Office of Policy Development under President Ronald Reagan. Prior to that, Hines was the executive director of the National Council on Educational Research, the special assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education and the executive assistant to the assistant to the president for domestic policy.

Born Oct. 15, 1948, to the late James Edgar Mayes and Katie Beaty Mayes, Hines grew up in Mayesville, a small town near Sumter. Hines' great-grandfather, Matthew Mayes, whom the town is named for, helped cofound the town, which was a high producer of cotton.

Hines was one of the first graduates of the University of South Carolina's Honors College and received a master's degree in English from the University of Virginia.

Surviving are her husband, Richard T. Hines and their children, James Williams and Kathleen Mayes.

Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter is handling arrangements.