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Initially, Newberry president ...
Initially, Newberry president Mitchel Zais called the NCAA demands "unjust, coercive and perhaps illegal," according to USA Today.
Biography | Mick Zais for South Carolina State Superintendent of Education
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.
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.
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
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
Mitchell M. Zais, President, Newberry College,
Retired General Officer with College President Experience Candidate for S. C. Superintendent of Education
Mitchell M. Zais, Ph.D., and Brigadier General (Retired) is seeking the Republican nomination for State Superintendent of Education.
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.
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.
stresses that "parents must be empowered to have a choice in the educational environment of their child.
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."
describes himself as a conservative who believes in the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.
has been married to the former Susan Fincher for nearly 30 years.