Betsy DeVos is the current and 11th U.S.A Secretary of Education, a businesswoman, activist, and mother. She is married to Dick DeVos who is the former Chief Executive Officer of Amway Company and son of a billionaire and Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. Betsy and Dick DeVos have four children and five grandchildren. She was born into a family of conservative humanitarians and her father Edgar Prince is the founder of the Prince Corporation while her brother Erick Prince, a former United States Navy Seal, is the founder of Blackwater USA. Betsy attended Holland Christian High School and later on graduated from Calvin College where she received a BA in Business Economics. Betsy was brought up in a Christian home and was a member of the Christina Reformed Church in North America. She is currently a member and elder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Betsy DeVos currently served as president of Windquest Group, which was founded in 1989. The group is a privately held and invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. Besty has been on several boards for business, nonprofit and political administrations including a foundation that she set up with her husband. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation was set up in 1989 and is aimed at promoting change in areas such as education.
Betsy’s mother, Elsa Broekhuizen, who was a public school teacher, sparked Betsy’s attentiveness in education. As she grew older and eventually sent her own children to school, Betsy was met by the harsh reality that not all children have equal chances to learn. She became involved in efforts to increase educational opportunities for students and options for parents. She worked as a school mentor for unprotected children in Michigan Public Schools for 15 years. As the U.S Secretary of Education, Betsy is determined to ensure she puts in place policies that provide quality education for all students.
She has been a participant of the Michigan Republican party since 1982 and has held several positions in the party since then. Between the years of 1992 and 1997, she worked as the National Committeewoman for Michigan. Between 1996 and 2000 she worked as the Chair of the Michigan Republican Party. The DeVos family was very involved in the re-election campaign of former president George W. Bush in 2004. During his time in office, Betsy served as Finance Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for two years.
Having being raised in a philanthropic home, Betsy has continued giving as she pursues reform. Apart from chairing The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, she is an active member of several national and local boards. Some of these boards include Mars Hill Bible School, Kids Hope USA, and The DeVos Institute for Arts at the Kennedy Centre and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Betsy strives to ensure that all parents and children regardless of their zip code are presented with the best educational options. This will ensure that each and every child is able to reach their full potential.
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