In November of 2016, President-elect Trump decided that he would nominate Betsy Devos to be Secretary of Education. Of course, there was opposition from Democrats, but the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions approved her nomination. In February, she was confirmed by the Senate for that position.
A lot of people asked, who is Betsy Devos? A lot of Republicans, however, knew her for her strong work in the Republican Party in Michigan, where she had always been a strong supporter for school choice and school voucher programs. She has been an advocate for school charter systems for years. She was, at one time, Chairwoman of the Alliance for School Choice. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
She is married to Dick DeVos, who was the CEO of Amway, a company that was begun by his father. Her brother is the founder of Blackwater USA. Her father, Erik Prince, is the founder of the Prince Corporation. The DeVos family has been listed as the 88the richest family in America. Their net worth is over $5.4 billion.
She has been the vice president of the Prince Foundation, a foundation that was started by her mother. She is also very much involved in the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, a philanthropic organization that gives millions in charitable contributions to many different organizations in need of funding. They have given sums to Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values, an organization that recognizes the need for maintaining the family unit. Further, they have donated funds to the Center for Individual Rights and the Institute for Justice.
They have also helped to fund Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center.
Betsy DeVos was appointed to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2004 by George Bush. Since then, she and her husband have created the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, which teaches art institutions how to arrange and use funding.
Betsy DeVos is energetic, and has many, many past accomplishments in philanthropic work. Together, she and her family have been listed by Forbes as the number 24th family in donations to charities. They have given millions to art institutes and charities, and have formed a number of charities themselves. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.
Betsy DeVos is a pioneer in her devotion to education and the arts, and serves well as the Secretary of Education under Donald Trump.