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Dr. Mitchell M. Zais

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Board Member

Phone: (404) ***-****  HQ Phone
Southern Regional Education Board
592 10Th St. N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
United States

Company Description: The Southern Regional Education Board, headquartered in Atlanta, was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and...   more
Background

Employment History

  • President
    Newberry College
  • Chief of Staff
    U.S. Army Reserve Command
  • Commander
    U.S. Army Reserve Command
  • Chief of War Plans
    Pentagon

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Bachelor's of Science degree , engineering
    West Point
  • Doctorate degree , social psychology and organizational behavior
    University of Washington
  • Masters of Science , social psychology and organizational behavior
    University of Washington
  • Master of Arts degree , military history
    School for Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth , Kansas
  • Masters of Science Degree , social psychology and organizational behavior
    University of Washington
92 Total References
Web References
How SREB serves SOUTH CAROLINA
www.sreb.org, 6 May 2014 [cached]
Mitchell M. Zais, State Superintendent of Education, Columbia (2016)
(Appointments to the Board are made by the Governor.
Biography | Mick Zais for South Carolina State Superintendent of Education
www.mickzais.com, 19 Oct 2014 [cached]
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.
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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.
The State | 07/29/2004 | Minnesota dean named USC provost
www.thestate.com, 29 July 2004 [cached]
Gov. Mark Sanford recently announced that Mitchell M. Zais, president of Newberry College, has been selected to represent the 20 independent colleges in the state on the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education.Zais, a former general and noted commentator on military issues, will assume the position immediately.
Having served in the U.S. Army as commander of the American forces in Kuwait just after the first Gulf War, Zais has provided comments on the current American strategy in the Middle East and Iraq.He has been a commentator for CNN and has authored various articles and speeches about ongoing American military commitments.
SREB Member States - South Carolina
www.sreb.net, 26 Sept 2009 [cached]
Mitchell M. Zais, President, Newberry College, Newberry (2012)


www.westpointaog.net, 3 Jan 2013
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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.

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