Betsy DeVos long since maintained notoriety in Michigan Republican Party circles. As a donor to the GOP, she assisted the party on a national level as well. Beyond party activities, DeVos involved herself in a host of philanthropic and charitable endeavors. After being selected by President Donald Trump to serve as the Secretary of Education, DeVos finally achieved a national level of fame. The fame associated with a cabinet-level position goes hand-in-hand with an enormous amount of work. The duties of the Secretary of Education are vast. Those familiar with Betsy DeVos’ political career know she is driven to succeed. Even when the landscape appears adversarial, DeVos handles matters with enthusiasm and a fighting spirit.
When DeVos was concerned mainly with Michigan politics, DeVos put considerable effort into pushing legislation. She also spent significant time supporting candidates for office. Her career shows a litany of successful attempts. Her work impressed President Trump enough to feel confident she could serve as the leader of the Department of Education. Past performance often provides indications about future actions. So far, DeVos effectively made the transition from activist and donor to a government agency manager.
The choice of DeVos as Secretary of Education makes sense upon examining her past activism. DeVos’ history reveals her support for school vouchers and the advancement of charter schools. DeVos’ dedication to education-related endeavors coincides with her interest in other philanthropic activities. Betsy DeVos, along with husband Dick DeVos, gave millions of dollars away to charity over the years. The DeVos Family Foundation has long been a well-known charitable institution in Michigan.
Overseeing a charitable organization contributes managerial experience to Betsy DeVos’ resume. The DeVos Family Foundation isn’t the only organization in which she operated a manager’s role. DeVos acted as a board member for both the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the James Madison Center for Free Speech. DeVos also served as the Chair of the Republican Party of Michigan. All these board positions come with great responsibilities.
The tenure of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education should prove interesting. Her prior experience will play a role in how she handles the job.
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