Betsy Devos, philanthropist and corporate CEO was confirmed as Secretary of State on Feb, 7 2017. She has had a stellar career in both business and philanthropic endeavors which has garnered attention and got her nominated to head the Dept of Education.
Devos has been an ardent supporter of charter school vouchers for underprivileged children in at risk neighborhoods. She has long been a supporter of keeping major education decisions in local school districts and with parents. Her senate confirmation hearing was conducted in a very partisan climate and the vote fell strictly along party lines. This was resolved with the first ever vice-presidential vote to confirm her.
Devos has hands on experience in schools as an advocate for underprivileged youth for over five years, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Later she served as chairperson of a number of charities and trusts. Quite notably, several of these organizations provide scholarships and educational opportunities for disadvantaged youths.These include:
- The Kennedy Center of Performing Arts
- Kids Hope USA
- Mars Hill Bible Church
- Kendall College of Art and Design
She also served in a professional capacity as Chairperson for Win Quest Group, an investment management company.
Betsy is married to Dick Devos former chairman of Amway and son of Richard Devos the founder of the Company. Dick and Betsy are among the heirs to the five billion dollar Amway estate. Betsy was born Elizabeth Prince, daughter to the corporate magnate Edgar Prince who made his fortune as an automobile parts industrialist in Michigan. She has a strong spiritual background raised in the Christian Reformed Church In North America. Her brother, an ex navy seal, is the founder of Blackwater USA a worldwide security company with government contracts.
Devos has long been an activist in the Michigan Republican party. She served over thirty years as a delegate from her local office, and the Republican National Committee Chairwoman for six years, ending in 1997. She went on to become the Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman from 1998 until 2000.Some of her most effective efforts have been as a fundraiser and activist, relentlessly sticking to education opportunities as her number one issue.
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