In February 2017, Betsy DeVos became the Secretary of Education under President Donald Trump. She was born in January of 1958. She grew up in Holland, Michigan. Her father was Edgar Prince, the founder of Prince Corporation, an automobile parts supplier. Betsy attended Holland Christian High School. She then went to Calvin College and earned her B.A. Degree. She is married to Dick DeVos, heir to the Amway Company. They have four grown children.
Betsy has been involved with the Michigan Republican Party since 1982. She served as a precinct delegate, since 1986. She was Michigan’s Republican National Committeewoman between 1992 and 1997. She raised money for the Bush re-election campaign in 2004. The DeVos family has been involved with the Republican Party for many years, and have given over $17 million to various candidates over the years. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com
DeVos along with her husband started the DeVos Family Foundation in 1989 to handle the family’s philanthropy. Their giving is based on faith and is focused on education community issues, the arts, justice and leadership. During 2015 the DeVos Foundation donated $11.6 million. Their lifetime charitable gifts equal $139 million. This put them at # 24 on the list of America’s top givers in 2015.
The Foundation has given a large amount to hospitals, medical research, Christian schools, Christian missions, and other organizations. Almost half of their donations have gone to Christian organizations.
Betsy was put on the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in 2004, by President George W. Bush. She and Dick funded a center to help arts mangers how to fund-raise. They donated $22.5 million to the center to continue their efforts. The Institute Is named the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. In 2009, she and her family started ArtPrize, a competition held in Michigan each year.
Betsy DeVos is driving by her Christian faith to advance “Gods Kingdom.” This important in her support of educational systems. She supports for-profit charter schools, claiming that the current system is a dead end. By opening up the educational market , parents will have more choices for their children. Betsy DeVos strongly supports school vouchers that would provide public funds to pay for private schools. This would help poor families attend better schools.
DeVos and her husband have provided funding for All Children Matter, to promote school vouchers. Betsy has served on many education boards to help promote more choices for every child. She and her family have been advocates for a better education system available to all children for many years. They provide an annual scholarship for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurial work.
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