Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos is the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Education. She was born in Holland, Michigan on January 8 1958. DeVos had a very religious upbringing and her family was deeply involved in the Republican Party. Betsy DeVos is the daughter of Elsa Prince and billionaire industrialist Edgar Prince, the founder of automotive parts supplier Prince Corporation. She is a graduate of Holland Christian High School and Calvin College. Raised in the Christian Reformed Church, she’s a Mars Hill Bible Church member.
A staunch advocate for school choice, Betsy DeVos has long supported the charter school system in Detroit. A Foundation for Excellence in Education board member, she’s also worked with All Children Matter, Action Institute and the Alliance for School Choice. DeVos also strongly believes in the ability of school voucher programs to help students from all backgrounds to get the highest quality education possible. She sees it has a way to free students trapped in underperforming schools by giving them the ability to transfer to an educational institution better equipped to help them to excel.
Betsy DeVos is a life-long Republican. She has been actively involved in Republican Party activities in Michigan since 1982. DeVos was a local precinct delegate since 1986. She served as Michigan’s Republican National Committee chairperson from 1992 to 1997 and from 1996 to 2000 she was Michigan Republican Party chairwoman. An excellent organizer and fundraiser, Betsy DeVos raised over $150,000 for President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004. She was National Republican Senatorial Committee finance chairperson for two years during the Bush Administration and worked on various projects with the administration. In 2006, her husband, Richard DeVos Jr., was the Republican nominee in the race for governor of Michigan. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
Betsy DeVos is a mother of four. She has two daughters, Elissa and Andrea, and two sons, Rick and Ryan. A committed philanthropist, she has given over $140 million to a wide variety of causes. The areas that have benefitted most from her support are education, the arts, communities, justice and leadership. She has also given a great deal to healthcare. Devos’ business career includes being the Windquest Group’s chairwoman. The organization invests in clean energy, technology and manufacturing.
Betsy DeVos has consistently worked on issues related to education. She has received much praise for working to expand the educational opportunities available for children and helping to develop human capital. She envisions helping to build an education system in the United States that has the tools, teachers, equipment and the visionary leadership to help every child to be able to achieve their God-given potential. She wants to work with communities nationwide to make the American educational system the best in the world.
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