DICK DEVOS: THE PHILANTHROPIST WITH A PASSION FOR EDUCATION DICK DEVOS: THE PHILANTHROPIST WITH A PASSION FOR EDUCATION:

Dick DeVos is the devoted husband of Betsy DeVos who is the current American Education Secretary. The two are very active in politics, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship.

 

In 2006, Mr. DeVos was the Republican nominee for the Michigan Governor’s post. In 1989, Dick DeVos started the Windquest Group with his wife. This company deals with clean energy, technology, and manufacturing. Betsy DeVos is the chairman of this company. The entrepreneur has also been Orlando Magic NBA franchise president. He has also been a president of Amway. The couple has also been involved in various charity works. In fact, they own their own family foundation.

 

Mrs. DeVos is an avid education reformist and she has been on the forefront of fighting for the education rights of the United States child for many years. Together with her husband, the two have been involved in supporting the Potter’s House School in Grand Rapids significantly. Dick DeVos and his wife started filling this void when they had their own children in the school. After they noticed that there were some students who wanted to attend the school but they lacked the resources. They decided to sponsor them by paying their tuition. Moreover, this initiative was the basis of their scholarship fund. It also drove Dick DeVos to be elected to the State Board of Education for Michigan. Consequently, Mr. DeVos and another colleague also formed All Children Matter. Mrs. DeVos was the chair of this political organization which was geared towards championing education matters. The various education movements that the couple has been involved in have managed to promote peace and bring cohesion among Americans.

 

Dick DeVos role in education reforms propelled him to start a charter high school called the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The passionate pilot started this high school in September 2010 after his wife suggested to him that he should combine his love for flying with his passion for education. The school is situated in Grand Rapids, Gerald Ford Airport. The school caters for everything to do with aviation. This includes pilots, airport administrators and aeronautical engineers among others. Basically, the school aims at preparing its students for real careers in aviation.

 

Other organizations that Dick DeVos has been involved in include The Grand Action Committee where he has been the Co-Chairman since 1992. The Willow Creek Association where he has been a vice chairman since 2007. Mr. DeVos has also been on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce from September 2010 untill to date. The entrepreneur is involved with many other organizations where he makes remarkable changes. Dick DeVos attended the Northwood University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business.

 

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