Betsy Devos: Philanthropist, Leader and Secretary of Education

Betsy Devos was born in Holland, Michigan where she attended the local private school, Holland Christian High School. She later attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she graduated with a degree in Business Economics. She married Dick Devos and together they have four children. Though she is a member of one of the wealthiest families in Michigan, she is a great philanthropist and also invests in companies that further help people.


In 1980 Betsy Devos and her husband began The Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation which supports leadership, education, art, justice, and community and has donated money to hospitals, health research, arts organizations, Christian schools, evangelical missions and free market think tanks. She has served as a chairperson for Acton Institute which is a think tank located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2004, she was appointed to the board of Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Betsy and Dick Devos donated 22.5 million to them in 2010. Along with her family, she founded Artprize, an art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She served as a chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice. The Devos family has also set up a yearly scholarship, The Betsy and Dick Devos Scholarship for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Scholarship. She is also a member of the board of the think tank founded by Jeb Bush, Foundation for Excellence in Education.


As a businesswoman, she is for the privately held operating group, Windquest Group. This company invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. It was founded by Betsy and Dick Devos in 1989. Both Betsy and her husband are also chief investors and former board members of the group of brain performance centers, Neurocore. These centers give biofeedback therapy for autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, depression, and anxiety.


In November of 2016, Betsy Devos became president Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education and was praised by supporters of school choice. Both former presidential candidates, Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney supported the nomination of Devos. Bush called her an “outstanding pick.” Romney hailed her as a “smart choice.” She was confirmed as the Secretary of Education on February 7, 2017. With her background in education and philanthropy, Betsy Devos will do great things as our Secretary of Education.


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