The DeVos family of Michigan is among the wealthiest and most generous in the nation. Patriarch Richard DeVos Sr. is the co-founder of Amway products. He son Richard DeVos “Dick” DeVos is a huge educational proponent. He and his wife Betsy have both done yeoman’s work in changing the landscape of education in the state.
Not only has DeVos served on the Michigan State Board of Education, he is supports school voucher programs and magnet schools and school choice. He even has an aviation academy for lower income students who want to know more about science.
Betsy DeVos heads a number of important boards that make education their top priority. Mrs. DeVos says she is very happy to learn that more and more states are opening up to school choice. She admits that the idea wasn’t very popular in the beginning and it took some prodding to get people on board.
The school voucher programs have taken off like wildfire, and 17 states have passed laws regarding educational programs.
Mrs. DeVos believes in reform. It’s been something she’s been fighting for for a long time. As a college freshman, she knew it was her calling to get Michigan’s educational system on par with other states.
While she admits that Michigan has more work to do, the results to date have been nothing short of miraculous.
The DeVoses also have a foundation that helps individuals seeking to find better schools.
Richard DeVos briefly delved into politics about ten years ago. His unsuccessful bid to unseat Michigan Democratic Governor didn’t pan out they way he wanted, but he says he isn’t ruling out a future run.
The DeVoses have four grown children. The currently live in Grand Rapids Michigan.