There have always been a few individuals who have impressed me over the course of the last few decades, but few have had the lasting impact on the U.S. that I feel Betsy DeVos has had through her work as an education reformer. I do not believe there can be any doubt remaining about the success Holland, Michigan native Mrs. DeVos has achieved in the arena of education as she has become a major force in the growing campaign to reform the education system that Betsy DeVos joined in its infancy over three decades ago. The February 2017 confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Secretary of Education should, I believe, be seen as the graduate of Calvin College reaching the pinnacle of the reform movement that she has reached on a personal level and as a sign the education reform movement is now a mainstream force. Read more on Cleveland.com
In an interview with Philanthropy Roundtable I recently read, Betsy DeVos revealed she has spent a large amount of her time for three decades trying to make the U.S. education system as fair as possible. The area we have often seen discussed in the press about Mrs. DeVos is her push to bring more school choice and school voucher systems to the fore, but her own career has seen the co-founder of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation work in the Michigan public school system in a number of roles; I was always impressed by the devotion shown to the students of Michigan in her role as an advocate for at risk students she has worked with and on behalf of for decades. In terms of her education reform work, I believe the work of Mrs. DeVos has had a positive impact on the state of Michigan and the nation as a whole as she has seen growing levels of success in the charter schools she has helped establish across Michigan and the U.S.
I have not only been impressed with the work completed by Betsy DeVos in the educational arena, but she has also been a major part of a number of charitable groups and business ventures undertaken through The Windquest Group she helped establish alongside husband Dick DeVos. Betsy DeVos looks to back business ventures and philanthropic opportunities she believes are close to her own heart and express her own view of the world; I have been impressed with the backing given to the Willow Creek organization that seeks to help individuals become leaders with a strong moral center. A range of business ventures have also been backed by Mrs. DeVos, including one I believe is important in the form of boxed water that can have a great impact on areas affected by disasters. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.