Devos Education

The nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education Trump Administration inspired an Internet meme detailing her alleged lack of qualifications for the job.

DeVos does have a degree, just not in education; she graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science. She wouldn’t be the first Secretary of Education to take office without a degree in the subject, however. Margaret Spellings, George W. Bush’s education secretary from 2005 to 2009, had a degree in political science. Bill Clinton’s education secretary, Richard W. Riley, had a law degree.

Elisabeth Dee DeVos (/dəˈvɒs/; née Prince; born January   is an American businesswoman and government official serving as the h and current United States Secretary of Education.

DeVos is a Republican known for her support for school choice, school voucher programs, and charter schools. She was Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan from to and served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party from to  with reelection to the post in  She has advocated for the Detroit charter school system and she is a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She has served as chair of the board of the Alliance for School Choice and the Acton Institute and headed the All Children Matter PAC, which has received wide criticism for allegedly meddling in elections at the state level.

Devos Education
Devos Education

DeVos is married to Dick DeVos, the former CEO of the multi-level marketing company Amway, and is the daughter-in-law of Amway's billionaire co-founder, Richard DeVos. Her brother, Erik Prince, a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer, is the founder of Blackwater USA. Their father is Edgar Prince, founder of the Prince Corporation. In  the family was listed by Forbes as the h richest in America, with an estimated net worth of $billion.

On November   then-President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education in his administration, after his initial pick, Jerry Falwell Jr., rejected the offer. On January  following strong opposition to the nomination from Democrats, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions approved her nomination on a party-line vote, sending her nomination to the Senate floor. On February   she was confirmed by the Senate by a margin, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie in favor of her nomination. This was the first time in U.S. history that a Cabinet nominee's confirmation was decided by the vice president's tiebreaking vote.


[1] Education Professor on How ‘Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Understand How Markets Really Work’

[2] To improve education, reallocate funds, DeVos urges

[3] Saving Public Education in the Trump-DeVos Era