Betsy DeVos has risen to become one of the powerful women in the Trump administration. She was nominated and later confirmed as the 11th Secretary of Education of the United States.
Her nomination to the post was not expected, but it wasn’t a surprise either. Betsy DeVos is passionate and dedicated to the education sector. In the past, she has been involved in projects that are geared to improving the school system in the United States. That is what made her the best candidate for the job.
Even though her nomination did not go unopposed, Betsy has proven to be a valuable member of the administration.
Following her appointment, Betsy was mandated to provide information on her charity contributions to the committee. However, Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos decided to reveal the information to the public instead. The decision came under great criticism from some of the officials, but it was a testament for their transparency.
According to the reports, the couple has contributed $139 million towards different causes. At the end of 2015, it was indicated that they contributed $11 million. $3 million of the total amount was meant for the education system.
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation was launched in 1989. Through the Foundation, the couple has donated millions of money to different organizations including Christian Schools, hospitals, health research, and art organizations.
Betsy has also been in support of the art sector. In 2009, they founded the ArtPrize which is an international art competition. Before that, she served as a member of the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
During her tenure, Betsy and her husband funded a center that that would teach managers and directors the art of fundraising.
The DeVos family established an annual scholarship program that seeks to support students pursuing the BBA, MBA or both. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
Betsy is involved with the School Choice Campaign. She believes that the education system in the United States should be open to For-profit school charter. Betsy also stated that changing the education department will have a greater impact in the future.
She is a strong proponent of the school vouchers education system. Betsy believes that the students should be allowed to attend the private school, with public funding.
Betsy has been actively involved in politics since 1982. She served as a delegate to the Michigan Republican Party for 16 consecutive times. Between 1992 and 1997, Betsy served as Committeewoman for Michigan.
Betsy was elected to the position of chairwoman for the party, and she served in that capacity from 1996 to 2000 before she resigned. She was later reelected in 2003.
Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.