Dick DeVos: An often overlooked pioneer of education.

Dick Devos, alongside his wife Betsy DeVos, made an impact in the world of education and labor. While Dick is more known for being the mind behind the giant of its time formally known as Amway. In the 90s, you couldn’t go around the corner without seeing one of the Amway products being sold or used by somebody.


It was actually a phenomenon of its own kind, but that’s not the focus of today’s article. It’s about how Dick DeVos used his time, money, and effort to help reform the world of education and the workforce as we know it. In fact, here are some of the top highlights.




  • Dick DeVos fought to transform Michigan into a right-to-work state.
  • Founded West Michigan Aviation Academy, a charter high school.
  • Inspired Grand Action, a group of professionals behind many advancements.
  • Jointly contributed (with his wife) to make DeVos Children’s Hospital possible.
  • The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation support furthering education.




Don’t worry, we’re not going to leave you in the dark without a flashlight. We’ll dig deep into each of these advancements made possible with the direct help of Dick DeVos. A bright entrepreneur and supporter of education that proved impossible can truly be made possible.



The moment that changed Michigan forever.

Becoming a right-to-work state and eliminating the requirement of union membership to work certain jobs is a groundbreaking moment in Michigan’s history. And Dick DeVos played a significant part in ensuring the success of this 2012 law that made it all official.


He engineered the law, for those who want to get right down to the point of the matter. His wife was on a separate mission at the time, focused on pushing for the expansion of charter schools so that the scene of education would become more fulfilling for students. It’s quite clear that this is a couple who is as serious as you can get when it comes to furthering higher education.



A love for aviation spilled onto lucky students.

Located at Grand Rapids National Airport, this charter aviation-themed high school is the work of Dick DeVos. It’s a cornerstone of his commitment to playing a significant part when it comes to education reform. Since its inception, it has received quite the track record, to say the least.



Grand Action – The faces behind many noteworthy changes.

Grand Action is a group of professionals formed after being inspired by the objection of Dick DeVos in terms of an attempt to place a sports facility outside of the central business district. This group was responsible for the construction of many needed advancements, which includes:



  • DeVos Performance Hall
  • DeVos Place Convention Center
  • Grand Rapids City Market
  • Michigan State University Medical School
  • Van Andel Arena


Last but not least, they want education continue to advance.

This is the whole concept behind the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. It is responsible for hundreds of millions in contributions towards the advancement of education. Education reform was at the top of both of their lists, and they worked together to successfully tackle it from the inside out. Learn more: https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-01-10/michigan-charter-school-backed-by-devos-growing


While there is always room to improve, they have helped make it more than what many had ever expected in the first place. If it wasn’t for them, many businesses, studies, and specialists wouldn’t have been able to even think about discovering their very own groundbreaking moments.





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