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Mick Zais
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Acting United States Secretary of Education
Assumed office
January 8, 2021
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Betsy DeVos
United States Deputy Secretary of Education
Assumed office
May 17, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Jim Shelton
17th South Carolina Superintendent of Education
In office
January 12, 2011 – January 13, 2015
Governor Nikki Haley
Preceded by Jim Rex
Succeeded by Molly Spearman
President of Newberry College
In office
2000–2010
Preceded by John Hudgens
Succeeded by Scott Koerwer
Personal details
Born December 10, 1946 (1946-12-10) (age 74)
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education United States Military Academy (BS)
University of Washington (MS, PhD)
School of Advanced Military Studies (MA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Rank Brigadier General

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.

Personal life

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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