Betsy DeVos is an iconic woman and a role model for many young women. She is the current Secretary of Education in the President Donald Trump’s administration.
What you will find interesting with Betsy is that she doesn’t conform to anybody’s ideas without a fight. She revealed this when Donald Trump issued an order to revoke the Transgender rights. She did put up a fight but later signed the order due to pressure from her colleagues. Betsy, however, released a statement urging the schools to protect the transgender kids.
Betsy DeVos is passionate about education, and that is what made her the best candidate for the job. She is known for her work with the school vouchers and school choice. She has also been involved with the grading system.
Her support is not only for the school system itself but also for the students. Together with her husband Dick DeVos, Betsy established the Betsy and Dick DeVos Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to the students pursuing the entrepreneurial studies, either Bachelor of Business Administration or Master of Business Administration.
Betsy and her husband have been making headlines over the last couple of months because of their charitable contributions. According to a report, published on their website, the couple has contributed around $139 million towards different causes. In 2015, they made a donation of $11.9 to various causes, education being one of them.
The couple founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation in 1989. Through this foundation, they have supported different organizations including health research facilities, hospitals, religious missions and the Christian schools.
In 2004, Betsy DeVos was appointed to the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts by former President George Bush. She resigned from the position in 2010. Betsy and Dick made a donation to the center which focuses on teaching the art managers and board of directors how to manage the institutions. After a $22.5 million donation, the center was renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.
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Betsy is actively involved in politics. She has been an active member of Michigan Republican Party since 1982. Betsy has been elected as a delegate of the party for 16 consecutive terms serving two years in each. She has operated in the capacity of Committeewoman between 1992 and 1997. Betsy later served as the chairwoman of the party from 1996 to 2004. She is a true believer in the Republican Party and what it stands for.
Betsy once resigned as the chairman of the party after she experienced conflicting ideas. She, however, ran again in 2003 as the chairman and was reelected.
Betsy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Calvin College.
Visit Betsy’s website at betsydevos.com