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Dr. Mitchell M. Zais

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Board Member

Phone: (404) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Georgia , United States
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

Employment History

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

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • 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
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How SREB Serves SOUTH CAROLINA, 11 Feb 2015 [cached]
Mitchell M. Zais, former State Superintendent of Education, Columbia (2016)
Biography | Mick Zais for South Carolina State Superintendent of Education, 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.
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, 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, 26 Sept 2009 [cached]
Mitchell M. Zais, President, Newberry College, Newberry (2012)
South Carolina State Superintendent of ..., 25 May 2013 [cached]
South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mitchell M. "Mick" Zais paid a visit to Denmark-Olar High School and Denmark- Olar Middle School on Friday morning. Zais, who took office as State Superintendent of Education on January 12, 2011 is a former President of Newberry College, having served for 10-years in that capacity. As a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, having served 31-years on active duty in the U.S. Army and retiring as a Brigadier General, Zias has a learned a thing or two about leadership, which was the reason he gave for his visit to the schools in Denmark.
"One thing I've discovered after 40-years of leading organizations that you can't lead anything from behind a desk," he said. Zais, who became the 17th state superintendent of education after his election noted that it's important that the state superintendent get out of Columbia and go out and visit with superintendents and principals and other instructional leaders to understand better the challenges that they face. He noted that visiting local schools gives him the opportunity to know about those programs and policies that are producing successful results and to help them "celebrate" their successes and to "coach" them to get better results when appropriate.
Zais noted that when he comes to a school he has "data" on the school's performance and how it compares to other schools with similar levels of poverty. He stated he also brings data on finances and how their finances compare to other schools in other districts "and I share that," he said. He stated paying visits to local school districts also gives him the opportunity to see the physical facility up close, adding "we know of course a building never hugged a child and the single most important component in a child's education is the man or woman standing at the front of the classroom and so we talk a lot about teaching as well," Zias said.
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