|Name||Mitchell "Mick" Zais|
Newberry, South Carolina , United States
|| December 10, 1946
|Last Modifed||Juan Croniqueur|
Nov 21, 2022 05:39pm
|Info||Mitchell M. “Mick” Zais is a Republican candidate for the office of South Carolina State Superintendent of Education. He is uniquely qualified for this position because of his proven leadership, experience in education, and record of results. Mick has led a life of service to his country, to his college and to his faith. Seeking public office is a natural extension of that lifetime of service. |
The son of a general, Mick grew up in a military family, moving throughout the United States and attending ten public schools in twelve years. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with an engineering degree. Mick also earned master’s and doctorate degrees in social psychology from the University of Washington. During his 31 years of active service in the United States Army, he served as a paratrooper, Ranger and retired as a Brigadier General. He served in a wide variety of infantry units, in Vietnam, the United States, and Korea. For three years, Mick taught organizational behavior, management, and leadership classes to cadets at West Point.
Mick has been president of Newberry College since August of 2000, serving as its 20th president. 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 fiscal year 2008-2009, Newberry College did not raise tuition yet finished with a surplus, and had their strongest financial year, ever. For the last two years, the prestigious U.S. News and World Report has named Newberry College as one of “America’s Best Colleges.”
Mick believes there are some superb public schools in South Carolina – but more can be done to ensure that every child in our state has access to an excellent school, is led by an excellent principal, and is taught by excellent teachers. Every child is special and every child learns differently. Therefore, parents must be empowered to have a choice in the educational environment of their child. Strong incentives for teachers in our public schools must be employed to retain as many excellent teachers as possible. Principals must receive world-class training so they can lead, inspire, and motivate their teaching staffs. Legislators, district superintendents, and school boards must ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent on programs that affect educational outcomes and these expenditures must be transparent to the public.
Mick has been a conservative and a Republican his adult life. The principles of limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility that are found in the Republican Party’s platform were always attractive to him as an individual. Having seen a lot of government in his life, one thing is very clear to Mick: we don’t need more government. Government should work for you, the people, and take as little taxpayer money as possible to administer only necessary programs. Having sworn an oath to defend the Constitution, Mick strongly reveres the freedom of religion, the right to free speech, the right to bear arms, and the right to life.
Mick has been married to the former Susan Fincher for nearly 30 years. She is a Columbia native, and a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and comes from a family of teachers. The Zaises have two children. Both attended and graduated from public schools in Newberry. Bradley, 24, is an infantry veteran of Iraq, and Ashley, 22, a Wofford College graduate. The Zaises are members of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Newberry.