Most people know who Dick and Betsy DeVos are. They easily bring about lots of attention and criticism for their political contributions to the Republican party and other charitable organizations. Their charitable donations far outweigh the money they contribute to their preferred party, however.
2015 Contributions By Dick And Betsy
For 2015 alone, the couple gave over $12 million to charities. This was more than double the amount they gave in political donations the same year. The pair are both from family dynasties. Dick’s dad is the founder of Amway and he ended up working up the ladder to CEO very quickly.
DeVos-Backed Charter School In Michigan
Both Dick and Betsy have a love of educational reform. Betsy is the current Secretary of Education under President Trump. Together, the couple opened up a charter school in Michigan at the Grand Rapids airport. The West Michigan Charter Aviation Academy is a unique public charter school for high school students.
The aviation charter high school was started in 2010 by Dick DeVos. He has always been passionate about aviation and received a lot of support from his wife when opening it. The school is a nonprofit school that started with just 80 students. Today, it has more than 650 students enrolled from different cities around Grand Rapids. Each spring, a public lottery is held when the amount of applications exceeds the amount of student openings for the upcoming school year.
Betsy has a philosophy for education that seems to fit perfectly with her husband’s aviation charter school. Her stance on educational reform aligns close to this school and her philosophy is going to be her top priority in Washington.
Dick Gets Appointed To FAAs Top Board
Dick already had a reason to fly to Washington because of Betsy. Now, he has another reason to make the trip. Mr. DeVos was recently appointed to the top board of the Federal Aviation Administration. This is a dream come true for the long-time aviation lover. He is one of seven members recently appointed to the council. They will meet quarterly over a three-year term and help to advise the senior management on things such as spending, policy planning and regulatory matters.
According to the CEO of the FAA council, Dick DeVos is going to be a great addition to the team. He has a passion and deep roots in aviation and will bring industry insight and strong leadership skills to the FAA. DeVos played an important role in the Gerald Ford Airport becoming the success it is today. Behind the scenes, DeVos worked with other business leaders to convince Southwest to offer some routes out of the local Grand Rapids airport. When they were successful, the fares at the airport when down and led to a huge spike in passengers.
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