Dick Devos: The Philanthropist and Family Man

Mr. Dick Devos was born in 1955 and is the son of renowned business mogul, Richard Devos. Mr. Devos is a known education reformer and was elected to the Michigan State Board of Education in 1990. His commitment to a better world extends into environmental sustainability; the Windquest Group- a firm which he founded alongside his wife, Betsy Devos, invests in clean energy initiatives. Mr. Devos has been serving as the president of the group since 2002. Dick and Betsy have got four children, and it is their commitment to family that sparked their interest in educational reforms in the first place. A politician by profession, Dick has previously run for the seat of governor in the state of Michigan. He was also involved in passing Michigan’s first charter school bill in 1993. Dick has also previously worked for Amway Corporation and owns the basketball franchise, Orlando Magic. Alongside his wife, Dick plans to spread the educational choice movement all across the country to accord all families equal access to quality education.


Dick has worked together with his wife, Betsy Devos, to introduce positive reforms in the American education sector for over three decades. In this 2013 interview, she goes into detail about her involvement in the educational choice movement with her husband, which has been gaining momentum since it was launched. According to Mrs. Devos, she developed a passion for educational reforms when she and her husband- Mr. Dick Devos- realized that children from low-income families also deserved an opportunity to enroll into the appropriate educational programs. A mission that began at Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has grown into a national movement. The journey has seen Mr. and Mrs. Devos go from serving on the boards of two national charity organizations in the 1990s, to launching a largely successful political action committee in her home state of Michigan at the turn of the century. After that, she became involved with the formation of American Federation for Children. The organization’s most significant success to date has been in the state of Florida where their push for the introduction of a tax-credit scholarship program has seen families across the state enjoy the educational choice. Mr. and Mrs. Devos, however, believe that for real educational choice reforms to be achieved, the education sector has to be non-partisan. They lament the leaning of teachers’ unions towards the Democrats.


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