Many people in the world have become concerned about the state of the education system in the U.S. over recent years as the increasing numbers of parents are searching for ways of providing the best possible education for their children. In terms of the families of Michigan Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy have been at the forefront of the right to choose which school a child is educated in for over three decades; in a recent interview I read with Betsy DeVos published by Philanthropy Roundtable the board member of many educational not for profit groups explained just why she and her husband felt the need to become major players in the education reform argument. When Dick DeVos first attended the Potter’s House Christian School over 30 years ago he and Betsy did not know this would be the starting point for a journey I believe will eventually stand out as the legacy of the couple; since those first trips to schools across Michigan I have watched their battle to allow school choice and voucher systems to become commonplace reach new heights of success. Dick has also spent a large amount of his time exploring the opportunity to change the education system from within after being elected to the Michigan State Board of Education in the early 1990s, a position that I found shocking as he was the President of the internationally renowned AmWay Group at the time of his election.
Dick DeVos is a popular businessperson for the roles he has undertaken for the AmWay Group founded by his philanthropist father, Richard, and The Windquest Group he now uses to invest in businesses across the U.S. and particularly in his home state of Michigan. Despite the large amounts of time Dick DeVos devotes to his business career in what should be his retirement I have been impressed by the large gains he has made as a philanthropist in many different areas. The Wikipedia page of Dick DeVos explains he has been an important member of many different organizations, including the drive to bring traditional American values back to the world with The Willow Creek Association I remain impressed with.