Hayes Mizell
Distinguished Senior Fellow


  • Middle schools
  • Professional development

Since Hayes Mizell’s semi-retirement in 2003, he has been the distinguished senior fellow of Learning Forward, a 13,000-member organization dedicated to improving the professional development of public school educators. Between 1966 and 1982, he directed the South Carolina office of the American Friends Service Committee, where he advocated and monitored the desegregation of the state’s public schools and was engaged in a broad range of other activities to improve the education of students from low-income and minority families. During this time, he also co- founded the South Carolina affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1979 he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as chairman of the National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children. In the mid-1980s, he worked with Gov. Richard Riley and others in developing recommendations that became the basis for South Carolina’s historic Education Improvement Act. Mizell is the author of numerous articles, opinion columns, and blogs. He received an associates degree from Anderson College and a bachelor’s from Wofford College. He did graduate work in American history at the University of South Carolina.