Who Is Betsy DeVos?
Mrs. Betsy DeVos now serves as the Secretary of Education at the United States federal government. She was appointed by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the senate in a historic vote that saw the vice-president cast the deciding vote in her favor for approval. Mrs. DeVos has had a long and successful career in business and entrepreneurship.
Betsy DeVos has been actively involved in politics, education and philanthropy for many decades now. She is a strong supporter of the arts and educational initiatives such as school choice. Mrs. DeVos was tapped by Donald Trump to serve as the Secretary of Education for her long standing work aimed at reforming the educational system and making it more student and parent centered instead of bureaucrat and teacher union centered. Betsy has helped over a million students and parents achieve school choice and get a better education.
The Background And Education of Betsy DeVos
Her full name is Elizabeth Dee DeVos and her was father was Edgar Prince, who created the Prince Corporation. The firm manufactured die cast machines, sun visors and other car interior car parts. Betsy was born in Holland, Michigan, a small town southwest of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She completed a private Christian school there and later went on to graduate from Calvin College in Grand Rapids with a bachelor of arts degree. Betsy DeVos is married to Richard DeVos, who is a prominent Michigan businessman also of Dutch descent like Betsy is. Together they reside in Grands Rapids, Michigan.
Betsy DeVos’ Contributions, Work And Achievements In The Educational Field
According to Los Angeles Times, Betsy DeVos is one of the leading proponents of school choice, charters schools and school voucher programs in the nation. She has served as the chairwoman for the American Federation of Children, the Alliance for School Choice and the Foundation for Excellence in Education from 2008, 2009 and 2012, respectively until 2016. When she became the new Secretary of Education for the United States Betsy DeVos left these organizations. Mrs. DeVos also helped launch a charter school called the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010 for students that are interested in learning about aviation and aerospace.
Betsy DeVos In Business And Politics
Mrs. DeVos served as a chairwoman at the Windquest group. It was a private investment and management firm created by Dick and Elizabeth DeVos that invests in and buys out technology companies, renewable energy and manufacturing facilities and plants. In politics, Betsy DeVos has served as a chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and a Republican National Committeewoman for the state of Michigan. She has been involved in politics with the Republican party at the local, state and and national level since 1982 and while studying at Calvin College.
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