With an already significant career in place, Betsy Devos achieved a major advancement when she was appointed by President Trump in 2016 to be The Secretary of the Education in Washington, DC. This has been the culmination of her life’s work in education in Michigan. As a persuasive leader and businesswoman, she and her well-known husband, Dick Devos, have been leaders in business and education and philanthropists in the Republican Party in Michigan as well as the national party.
Both the Devoses came from influential families, but Ms. Devos’s appointment to Washington, D.C has been the culmination of her career. Most of her family are respected in strategic business adventures and advancing education, so Betsy naturally fell into working to for better education for students in Michigan where she was born.
Ms. Devos was instrumental in establishing charter schools and other programs that enabled students in low-class situations to attend higher-rated schools that would allow them to have a better chance at success. Today, Detroit has the largest concentration of charter schools in the U.S.
Betsy Devos’s father-in-law is founder and CEO of Amway, the multi-million dollar, multilevel marketing company, which has become a household name around the globe. Betsy and Dick are heirs of the Devos Family Foundation, and together, they have donated over $140 million to benefit new educational endeavors and the Republican Party.
There is a strategic business sense that flows through all generations of the Devos family. They are known to be movers and shakers in the business world both in Michigan and the U.S. Ms. Devos is also co-founder with her husband of the West Michigan Aviation Academy. This is the first premier charter school that is directly on the grounds of the Grand Rapids Airport. The school specifically prepares students for advanced careers in the aviation industry within a charter school structure.
In Washington, Betsy Devos is developing a reputation of having extreme tenacity, though she appears simply sophisticated. In a recent election, Senate passed her with a 51-50 vote for the position of a cabinet officer. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tiebreaking vote, which only confirms her upward success.
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