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Mitchell M. Zais

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West Point Association of Graduates

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West Point Association of Graduates

698 Mills Road

West Point, New York,10996

United States

Company Description

Located on West Point, the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) proudly serves as both the alumni association and fundraising arm for the United States Military Academy. Our mission is "to serve West Point and the Long Gray Line"-all hearts in gray-incl...more

Background Information

Affiliations

Southern Regional Education Board

Board Member


South Carolina Research Authority

Board Member


Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Board Member


National Defense University

Research Fellow


South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind

Officio Member


Education

Bachelor's of Science degree

engineering

West Point


Doctorate degree

social psychology and organizational behavior

University of Washington


Honorary Degree

The Citadel


Master of Arts degree

military history

School for Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth , Kansas


Masters of Science

social psychology and organizational behavior

University of Washington


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Biography | Mick Zais for South Carolina State Superintendent of Education

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Dr. Mitchell M. "Mick" Zais took the oath of office as State Superintendent of Education on January 12, 2011.
Dr. Zais grew up in a military family, attending ten public schools in twelve years. Before winning public election as the seventeenth State Superintendent of Education, he served as President of Newberry College for ten years. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he served thirty-one years on active duty in the United States Army, retiring as a Brigadier General. In addition to a Bachelor's of Science degree in engineering from West Point, Dr. Zais earned Masters of Science and Doctorate degrees in social psychology and organizational behavior from the University of Washington, a Master of Arts degree in military history from the School for Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was also a Research Fellow in National Security Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. During his military career, Dr. Zais served in a wide variety of infantry units in Vietnam, the United States, and Korea. He commanded two rifle companies, an infantry battalion, a light infantry brigade, and served as deputy commanding general at Fort Riley, Kansas. Dr. Zais was also the Pentagon's Chief of War Plans. As an assistant professor at West Point for three years, he taught organizational behavior, leadership, and management consulting. Dr. Zais served as a White House aide and in Panama as executive assistant to the four-star commander of all U.S. forces in Central and South America. In Kuwait, he was commanding general of U.S. and Allied forces. He also served as commanding general of Operation Provide Refuge, the task force that cared for 4,000 Kosovo refugees who entered the United States. Dr. Zais' last military assignment was as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, the headquarters that administers the 184,000 part-time Reservists, 9,000 civilian employees, and 11,000 full-time military members of the Army Reserve. Dr. Zais' military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Air Medal; the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; the Humanitarian Service Medal; the Ranger, Airborne, and Combat Infantryman's Badges; and the South Carolina Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Zais and his wife Susan are the parents of two married adult children who graduated from public schools in Newberry.


www.westpointaog.net

South Carolina's State Superintendent of Education Mitchell M. "Mick" Zais, West Point Class of 1969, was presented with an honorary Doctor of Public Education from The Citadel Board of Visitors on Saturday.
His citation reads as follows: Mitchell M. "Mick" Zais, Ph.D. is passionate about education. As South Carolina's State Superintendent of Education, he believes that every student should attend an excellent school and be taught by outstanding teachers. In pursuit of this ideal, Dr. Zais has dedicated his career to excellence in education. Zais graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds master's and Ph.D. degrees in organizational behavior and social psychology from the University of Washington. He also holds a master's degree from the School for Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was a research fellow at the National Defense University. After graduation from West Point, Zais served in the Army for 31 years, retiring as a brigadier general. He was assigned to infantry units in Vietnam, the United States, and Korea and served as commanding general of U.S. and Allied forces in Kuwait and of Operation Provide Refuge. In that role, he led the task force that cared for 4,000 Kosovo refugees in the United States. He also taught leadership, organizational behavior, and management consulting on the faculty at West Point. His career culminated as the chief of staff of the U.S. Army Reserve Command. His numerous military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star. After military service, Zais became president of Newberry College, a private, liberal arts institution that saw its enrollment and endowment nearly double under his leadership. During his tenure, Newberry was named one of America's best colleges by U.S. News & World Report. In 2011, Zais became South Carolina's 17th State Superintendent of Education. In recognition of his military service to our country and his leadership in education in South Carolina, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to present Dr. Mitchell M. "Mick" Zais with the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Education.


www.westpointaog.net

Zais '69 Receives Honorary Degree From The Citadel
5/7/2013 South Carolina's State Superintendent of Education Mitchell M. "Mick" Zais, West Point Class of 1969, was presented with an honorary Doctor of Public Education from The Citadel Board of Visitors on Saturday. His citation reads as follows: Mitchell M. "Mick" Zais, Ph.D. is passionate about education. As South Carolina's State Superintendent of Education, he believes that every student should attend an excellent school and be taught by outstanding teachers. In pursuit of this ideal, Dr. Zais has dedicated his career to excellence in education. Zais graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds master's and Ph.D. degrees in organizational behavior and social psychology from the University of Washington. He also holds a master's degree from the School for Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was a research fellow at the National Defense University. After graduation from West Point, Zais served in the Army for 31 years, retiring as a brigadier general. He was assigned to infantry units in Vietnam, the United States, and Korea and served as commanding general of U.S. and Allied forces in Kuwait and of Operation Provide Refuge. In that role, he led the task force that cared for 4,000 Kosovo refugees in the United States. He also taught leadership, organizational behavior, and management consulting on the faculty at West Point. His career culminated as the chief of staff of the U.S. Army Reserve Command. His numerous military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star. After military service, Zais became president of Newberry College, a private, liberal arts institution that saw its enrollment and endowment nearly double under his leadership. During his tenure, Newberry was named one of America's best colleges by U.S. News & World Report. In 2011, Zais became South Carolina's 17th State Superintendent of Education. In recognition of his military service to our country and his leadership in education in South Carolina, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to present Dr. Mitchell M. "Mick" Zais with the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Education.


Retired General Officer with College President Experience Candidate for S. C. Superintendent of Education

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Mitchell M. Zais, Ph.D., and Brigadier General (Retired) is seeking the Republican nomination for State Superintendent of Education.
He believes he is uniquely qualified for the job of State Education Superintendent because of his "proven leadership, experience in education and record of results." He served in a variety of leadership positions in Vietnam, Korea and in the United States. As the child of a career military father, he attended 10 public schools in 12 years. He graduated from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and earned Master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Washington. For three years, he taught organizational behavior, management , and leadership classes to cadets at West Point. Since retirement with 31 years of military service, Zais has been president of Newberry College. During his tenure, enrollment has nearly doubled, the endowment more than doubled, facilities have been constructed and renovated, academic programs have been added, and athletic teams now compete for NCAA regional and national titles. For the last two years, the U. S. News and World Report has named Newberry College as one of "America's Best Colleges." Although Dr. Zais believes that South Carolina has some superb schools, more can be done to ensure that every child in the state has access to an excellent school, is led by an excellent principal and is taught by excellent teachers. He stresses that "parents must be empowered to have a choice in the educational environment of their child. He believes that "Legislators, district superintendents, and school boards must ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent on programs that affect educational outcomes and those expenditures must be transparent to the public." Zais describes himself as a conservative who believes in the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility. He has been married to the former Susan Fincher for nearly 30 years.


Newberry College

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Mitchell M. Zais, Ph.D.Dr. Zais has written and published extensively in the fields of organizational behavior, curriculum design, stress, military history and doctrine, and leadership and management, in such professional journals as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Armed Forces Journal International, Military Review, Parameters, etc.His opinion-editorial pieces, written while President of Newberry College, have appeared in newspapers across the state. Dr. Zais is Chairman of the Council of Presidents for South Carolina's twenty independent colleges and universities and is Vice Chairman of their Board of Trustees.He also serves on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Research Authority, the Newberry Opera House Foundation, the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Southeastern Region of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.In the South Atlantic (athletic) Conference he serves as Vice Chairman of the Presidents' Council.He also represents the independent college presidents of the southeastern United States on the Board of Directors of the national Foundation for Independent Higher Education. Before becoming Newberry College's 20th president, Dr. Zais served his country for over 30 years as an officer in United States Army, attaining the rank of brigadier general.As an assistant professor at West Point, he taught management consulting, organizational behavior, and leadership.He has also served as an internal management consultant to the Army. A paratrooper and Ranger, Dr. Zais served in a wide variety of infantry units, in Vietnam, the United States, and Korea.He commanded two rifle companies, an infantry battalion, a light infantry brigade, and served as deputy commanding general, Fort Riley, Kansas.His staff experience is primarily in military plans and operations, having worked as chief of operations, plans, and training for an infantry battalion and division; war plans officer for a corps; and Chief of War Plans for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dr. Zais was a White House aide and served in Panama as executive assistant to the four-star commander of all U.S. forces in Central and South America.In Kuwait, he was commanding general of U.S. and Allied forces.He also served as commanding general of Operation Provide Refuge, the task force that cared for the 4000 Kosovo refugees who entered the United States.Prior to coming to Newberry College, Zais was the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, the headquarters that administers the 184,000 part-time Reservists, 9,000 civilian employees, and 11,000 full-time military members of the Army Reserve.


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