The Many Sides of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is a champion for what she believes in, and school choice is one of her main platforms. As the wife of Dick DeVos, the couple’s family foundation has contributed thousands of dollars to the movement with special support for the Grand Rapids Aviation High School that Dick helped found and for Potter’s House. While she appears meek at times, those who have worked with her in Michigan have found that she is determined to stand up for a Christian agenda.


She is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, and the couple chose to educate their own children in charter schools. She tried to convince Michigan voters that school choice was the right answer, although they declined to go along with her. She has also been fought for school choice in several states including Florida and Louisiana.


The couple has been quite generous with their philanthropy. They are huge supporters of Focus on the Family. They have also given money to the Washington D.C. conservative think tank called American Enterprise Institute and to the Federalist Society that works to reform America’s legal system. In Michigan, the couple has been affiliated with the Action Institute that promotes Christian foundations in many different spheres along with the Traditional Values Coalition and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.


Betsy is also a huge supporter of the arts. She has served on the board of the Kennedy Center for the Arts where she is responsible for the creation of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. The couple is also responsible for the creation of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that regularly puts on a three-week art festival during which many monetary prizes are awarded. DeVos Place offers artists a premium-event space.


The couple is also responsible for helping to transform downtown Grand Rapids’ skyline with the building of the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in honor of Dick’s mother. The couple is responsible for seeing Van Andel Arena constructed, and it has been named one of the best places to watch a minor-league hockey game. The couple has opened many businesses in the community. Learn more:


While Betsy DeVos focuses on her job as education secretary in Washington, the couple will continue to be instrumental in projects bearing their names or that they have helped create.