Dick DeVos is a talented entrepreneur, author, and successful business icon in America. He was born in 1955 to Richard DeVos, Amway co-founder and served as a chief executive officer at a consumer good distribution company between 1993 and 2002. Dick’s wife serves as the 11th Secretary of Education in the United States of America. The two are critically interested in politics; DeVos ran for the Michigan gubernatorial seat in 2006 while Betsy was overly involved in campus politics.
The DeVoses are active both in politics and business. They are highly committed to solving social problems through creative solutions. Dick DeVos formerly served as the president at Amway. He also served at Orlando Magic NBA franchise as the president. The couple is continually fighting for reforms through non-profits involvements. A case in point is Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.
School choice program initiated by Mrs. DeVos registered an annual increment of students by 40,000. Further, the Voucher program has attracted over 10,000 children. The state polls reveal that educational choice programs have greatly gained popularity, especially among the Latinos. These programs are fundamentally for increasing public awareness of the education dynamics and performance.
According to DeVos, the idea behind education choice program began when they first took their school-age program to Potter House Christian School. As they were in the school, they learned that parent valued their children’s safety as much with education. With this understanding, the couple realized that most parents at the school sacrificed their resources in educating their children. Eventually, they began to support each of the needy students until the latter grew into a noticeable commitment.
Besides the overall increment of educational choice, DeVos is also optimistic that education will gradually be accessed equitably regardless of the family background. She recognizes the fundamental role played by the internet to realize this noble dream.
Dick DeVos won Michigan State Board of Education election in 1990, but he later resigned after two years to concentrate as the Chief Executive Officer at Amway. Dick was later appointed to serve on the board of control at Grand Valle State University by Governor John Engler in 1996. Dick and his wife served as co-chairs at Education Freedom Fund.
The couple funded other renowned groups such as Children First America, Choices for Children, and American Education Reform Council through Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. They equally funded several Christian schools found in West Michigan area. Betsy and Dick jointly gave $22.5 million to Kennedy Center Institute of Arts. Further, they supported ArtPrize and committed much of their resources to finance various scholarship programs.
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