Betsy DeVos’s name has been synonymous with education and educational reform for a long time now. As a matter of fact, the penchant for change seems to be a family thing what with her husband Dick DeVos pursuing it with a passion as well. This has been as true of them in business and politics as it is in charity. The last three decades have seen Betsy DeVos lend her support to many campaigns, political action committees, and party-affiliated organizations. She was also chairperson of Michigan Republican Party for six years.
The accent on reform can also be witnessed in the running of Windquest Group of companies that are involved in investing in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. DeVos is both cofounders along with her husband, as well as the Chairperson of Windquest.
It is however in pushing reform through her multiple nonprofit roles that DeVos had perhaps found her true calling. Betsy DeVos has held several important positions like chairperson of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, and a member of DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Kids Hope USA, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education and so on. Betsy DeVos had, in fact, earned a formidable reputation for herself as an ardent supporter of the educational choice movement. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.
She also served as chairperson of both the American Federation for Children (AFC) and the Alliance for School Choice, apart from spending many years working as an in-school mentor for at-risk children in the Grand Rapids (Michigan Public Schools). All of this helped her develop a unique insight into the needs of children with regards to their education. It is only right that DeVos has been appointed secretary of education, for there would scarcely be anyone else with her experience, depth of passion and commitment to providing the best education to every child, regardless of their status or economic status.
Among the things on her agenda is the decentralization of control over education, giving states and localities the major say in matters, which in turn will enable parents to take empowered decisions about the kind of education that will work out best for their children. This should lead to more of them receiving access to the kind of higher education which would put their careers on the right path of success. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.
It is indeed fortuitous that the education sector finally has a person helming it, who knows exactly what needs to be done and how. Betsy DeVos is clearly the person for the job.