Dick DeVos is a businessman, politician, and philanthropist whose great works of improving education and labor in America are well recognized. Having started with the move to oppose a project of building multi-purpose sports and conventional arena in Grand Rapids, Dick DeVos brought together business leaders who teamed up to bring change and development in the city. They teamed up in projects like construction of a medical school in the Michigan State University, a City Market, a performance hall, and other operations that transformed Grand Rapids for the better.
Dick and his wife Betsy work together and have used their political influence to campaign for rectification of state laws that impact education and labor. For instance, Betsy successfully championed the development of charter schools, and Dick came up with a proposal that allowed employment of Michigan State residents without union membership. The couple has generously donated to support several projects like construction of a children’s hospital and several programs, institutions, and policy initiatives that concentrate on education reforms and scholarships.
The DeVos’ philanthropic work in education led to the establishment of an aviation charter high school at Grand Rapids International Airport. The need to create opportunities for low-income families equal to those of affluent families is what motivates them to improve education policies in the country. Dick and Betsy have also had their fair share of challenges in the process. For instance, when the public rejected their idea of creating tax-funded vouchers for students to study at private schools. The couple never lost hope, instead, they changed strategy and spread their approach to other parts of the country where the reforms were accepted.
About Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos graduated from Northwood University with a degree in business administration and acquired PhDs from several Universities. He first worked at Amway Corporation, a family company, as CEO for some time before he started his own company The Windquest Group which is a holding company whose headquarters are in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dick DeVos has helped transform the Gerald R. Ford International Airport by teaming up with several leaders and tirelessly worked towards the creation of routes to the Southwest. This activities not only increased passengers in the airport but also significantly reduced air travel cost.
DeVos and his wife Betsy started the West Michigan Aviation Academy which is a non-profit charter school to help children who aspired to take a career in aviation. It is located at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport and owns two planes one of which was a donation from Delta Air Lines. Apart from aviation classes, other subjects taught include computer science, engineering subjects, math, literature, and foreign languages to ensure the students are all rounded to fit in the society when they graduate.
Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy have fought hard for better education policies and rights of workers. They have undoubtedly made an impact on the lives of many Americans.
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