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Mick Zais
Mick Zais.jpg
South Carolina Superintendent of Education
In office
January 12, 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorJim Rex (D)
Base salary$92,007
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$450,240
Term limitsNone
Bachelor'sUnited States Military Academy at West Point (1969)
Master'sFort Leavenworth School for Advanced Military Studies; University of Washington
Ph.D.University of Washington (1986)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1969-2000
Date of birthDecember 10, 1946
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Mick Zais (b. December 12, 1946) is the current South Carolina Superintendent of Education. He was first elected in 2010 and assumed office on January 12, 2011.[1]


Before winning public election as the seventeenth State Superintendent of Education, he served as President of Newberry College for ten years.[1] 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.[1]


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in engineering from West Point
  • Masters of Science and Doctorate degrees in social psychology and organizational behavior from the University of Washington
  • Master of Arts degree in military history from the School for Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Research Fellow in National Security Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.[1]

Political career

Superintendent of Education (2010-present)

Zais was first elected in 2010 and assumed office on January 12, 2011.[1]

In February 2013, the South Carolina State Legislature began considering a bill that would make the position of state superintendent an appointed post. Zais said he supports the change.[2]


Dispute with Board of Education

A showdown between Zais and the state Board of Education began in early December 2011. Upset at Zais for refusing to seek federal grant money earlier in the year, the Board passed a rule that the Superintendent was to report monthly on federal grants available to the state. Zais responded by saying that the doesn't answer to the Board and would not comply with the rule.[3] The board held a meeting on December 8 to resolve the issue, but Zais did not show. According to his spokesman, Zais was on a "long scheduled" vacation. The board said that if the matter cannot be dealt with by December 23, they will take Zais to court.[4]



See also: South Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Zais is eligible to run for re-election as South Carolina Superintendent of Education in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.


Zais was first elected South Carolina Superintendent of Education in 2010 and assumed office on January 12, 2011.[1]

South Carolina Superintendent of Education, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMick Zais 51.3% 680,787
     Democratic Frank Holleman 43.1% 572,508
     Libertarian Tim Moultrie 2.7% 35,362
     Green Doretha A. Bull 1.6% 20,787
     Independent Tony Fayyazi 1.4% 18,107
     Write-In Various 0% 513
Total Votes 1,328,064
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Zais is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Zais raised a total of $450,240 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 11, 2013.[5]

Mick Zais's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 SC Superintendent of Public Instruction Not up for election $20,882
2010 SC Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $429,358
Grand Total Raised $450,240


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Preceded by
Jim Rex (D)
South Carolina Superintendent of Education
Succeeded by