Betsy Devos is a veteran leader in education, business, and politics. She began her long and illustrious careers after graduating from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1982, when she was 24, Betsy married Amway businessman, Dick Devos. His family, who started Amway, would also later become the owners of Orlando Magic. The union between Betsy and Dick resulted in four children and five grandchildren. As far as business, she formerly chaired the Michigan-based The Windquest Group. Her biggest achievement has been in the arena of politics.
Throughout the past 35 years she has been elected chairman of the Michigan Republican party four times, served on a wide range of campaigns in leadership positions, and been highly active in a multitude of party organizations and political action committees. Most of her political work has been on the state level. She also active in charitable causes in her community, formerly chairing both the American Federation for Children and The Philanthropy Roundtable boards of directors. Her primary concern in politics has been centered on education.
Last October the then still President-elect nominated Devos as his Secretary of Education. Earlier this year her nomination was barely passed through the Senate after the tie-breaking vote in her favor by Vice President Pence. She shares a strong desire with Trump: school choice. This means they support things like scholarship tax credits, vouchers, education savings accounts, and charter schools. It also means they are proponents on giving all parents complete access to all the educational options for their child. In other words, low-income families will have access to all of the schools that previously rich families could only use. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.
At this point it is not really clear if Betsy Devos is as passionate as Trump on the subject of a complete and radical education reform. However, the two are presently in serious talks concerning the subject. It is generally believed that while Betsy Devos will go for complete reform, her expectations will be more realistic than Trump’s. Devos’ nomination by Trump was not out of the blue and was definitely deserved. The Devos’ family as a whole has a long history with education funding and politics, particularly in the area of charter school.
Betsy and Dick Devos have personally poured millions of dollars and hours of work into educational causes. It will be very interesting to see where here political position at the White House goes. There are her skeptics, of course, but those who really know Betsy are very optimistic about the prospects. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.