BESTY DEVOS, THE IRON LADY OF EDUCATION AND POLITICS

Elisabeth Betsy DeVos is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a politician. She was born in January 8th 1958. She is the current Secretary of Education in the Trump administration. Besty DeVos is the daughter of Edgar Prince who founded the Prince Corporation. Erick Prince, the founder of Blackwater and a former Navy Seal officer is Betsy’s brother. Mrs. DeVos is married to Mr. Dick DeVos who was previously CEO of a marketing company Amway.

Mrs. DeVos is a Republican wherein 1992 to 1997 served as the Republican National Committee chairwoman from Michigan. That was besides being the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican party from 1996 to 2000 and again reelected to the same post in 2003.

DeVos is best known for championing school choice, school voucher plans, charter school systems and her attachments to the Reformed Christian Community. Besides Mrs. DeVos serving as a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, she also served as the chair to the Board of Alliance for School of Choice and Action Institute and is the head of All Children Matter PAC. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com

Dick and Betsy DeVos started a family foundation in 1989.according to the organization’s website, the foundation’s giving is faith motivated and centered on leadership development, foster transformation and support in five key areas namely; education, community, arts, justice and leadership.

The DeVos Foundation made $11.6 million in charity giving adding to the couple’s lifetime of charity giving to $139million in 2015.The DeVos family foundation Is ranked by Forbes at no. 24 on its list of America’s top donors in 2015.

The organization has been focusing mostly on funding Christian Organizations and Christian Private Schools. From years 1999 to 2014, the foundation has donated $100 million. Half of this amount went to Christian groups. Top on the list of agencies funded by the Foundation include; Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values; Focus on the Family, Center for Individual Rights; Acton Institute; the Justice Institute, Center for Individual Rights, the Pregnancy Resource Center in Michigan, Right to Life Michigan Educational Fund, and Baptists for life.

These organizations have been top beneficiaries. Devos and her family founded Art Prize in 2009 an international competition based on art and held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Personally, Mrs. Devos raised over $150 000 towards the reelection campaign of Bush. During the Bush administration, Betsy DeVos served for two years as the finance chairperson where she was involved with various projects.

The DeVos family has been active members of the Republican Party and its politics and has been the major donor to the candidates in the party since 1989 where they have given more than $17 million. The family hoped that through the donations, the Republican Party would win elections and promote good governance and support sound policies. Check this article from New York Post.

Betsy DeVos and Her Family’s Donation to Different Institutions and Causes

Apart from the millions of dollars that DeVos family has donated to the Republican candidates in the country, Betsy and her husband Dick has given millions of dollars to different charitable institutions and causes. They make charities through their charitable foundation that they set up in 1989. It is through her choice of donations that one can easily see why she was the top choice for the Education Secretary post by President Donald Trump.

In 2015 alone, Betsy DeVos and Dick DeVos Family Foundation shelled out $10 million to different institutions and also pledged more $3.2 million grants that will be paid out in the near future. The biggest contribution went to former CNN Campbell Brown to launch her education website, the 74. She also donated the same amount to Brown’s non-profit organization, The Partnership for Educational Justice. The foundation gave $150,000 to Success Academy Charter Schools and had approved $150,000 for future payments. A Christian school in Grand Rapids, the Potter’s House, also received $200,000. Betsy was the board member of the American Federation for Children and stepped down when the President appointed her as the Education Secretary. The couple donated $100,000 to non-profit Alliance for School Choice that works in close collaboration with this foundation.

Betsy also made donations to many conservative organizations such as Institute for Justice and Intercollegiate Studies Institute Inc. Betsy DeVos is dedicated to bringing reforms to the education system in the country, and this is the reason why she has donated to many colleges and universities. The biggest contribution went to University of Maryland College Park Foundation, and they received $500,000. Other schools that received generous amount were School of Missionary Aviation Technology, Ferris State University, Davenport University, Rollins College and more.

Betsy DeVos was the choice of President Donald Trump for Education Secretary in November 2016, and the Senate voted to confirm her appointment on 7th February 2017. She was born in 1958 and raised in Holland. She was active in politics from her 20s but did not hold any elected office. She has spent years advocating for school vouchers programs. She was Republican National Committee for Michigan from 1992 to 1997. She was then appointed the chairperson of the Republican Party in Michigan from 1996 to 2000 and again in 2003 for two more years.

Betsy is married to Dick DeVos Jr., the son of Dick DeVos Sr., who is the co-founder of the Amway and owner of Orlando Magic. They have four children together, two daughters, Elissa and Andrea; and two sons, Rick and Ryan. Even after being from one of the wealthiest family in Michigan, Betsy and Dick ensured that they donate to the causes they believed in and did so with great commitment.

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What are the Wessex Institute of Technology Journals?

The renowned publications of the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT) have a single common theme: the health of the environment. The institute, located in the South of England at Ashurst Lodge, offers higher education degrees. The activities of the institute are divided into three areas: research, conferences and publishing.

Through extensive study and exploration into the health of the planet, researchers have found that that there is a need to find healthy, sustainable energy. The increasing need for energy resources strains the world economy. There is an urgent need for environmental planning, management and open communication between scientists and professionals.

This research has led to conferences on the subjects of man-made hazards, control, protection and mitigation. Traditional means of providing energy to the peoples may work no longer. It seems that technologically advanced means of providing energy must be sought. As a leader in the scientific community, WIT believes that they must bring clarification of what is happening to our earth to the public. Knowledge can lead to answers. That is why they have formed conference teams and produced written international journals.

These five Wessex Institute of Technology journals discuss the need to find a unified approach to achieve this sustainability, research and application, management and recovery, and nature, science and the humanities. And there is definitely a need for unified management and recovery. The earth belongs to every man, woman and child of this planet. It is necessary to discuss ways to find a harmony between energy production and consumption that can lead to a healthier environment.