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|Acting United States Secretary of Education|
January 8, 2021
|Preceded by||Betsy DeVos|
|United States Deputy Secretary of Education|
May 17, 2018
|Preceded by||Jim Shelton|
|17th South Carolina Superintendent of Education|
January 12, 2011 – January 13, 2015
|Preceded by||Jim Rex|
|Succeeded by||Molly Spearman|
|President of Newberry College|
|Preceded by||John Hudgens|
|Succeeded by||Scott Koerwer|
|Born||December 10, 1946
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.
|Education||United States Military Academy (BS)
University of Washington (MS, PhD)
School of Advanced Military Studies (MA)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
Mitchell McGeever "Mick" Zais (born December 10, 1946) is an American education official and former general who is currently serving as the United States deputy secretary of education. He previously served as the 17th South Carolina Superintendent of Education from 2011 to 2015. Before winning the election as superintendent, he served as President of Newberry College for ten years. Prior to that he reached the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army.
On January 7, 2021, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation to the President of the United States because of the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol. As deputy secretary, Zais is set to replace DeVos as acting secretary.
Zais has a daughter, Ashley, who was Miss South Carolina USA in 2007. His father, Melvin Zais, was a four-star general in the United States Army.
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