US President-elect Donald Trump has appointed former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican party and billionaire education reformer Betsy DeVos as the new education secretary in the afternoon of November 23.
During the election race, DeVos labelled trump as an “interloper” and refused to donate money to his campaign because she thinks Trump did not represent the Republican Party, casting her vote for Gov. John Kasich.
Nevertheless, Trump said DeVos is “a brilliant and passionate education advocate” who will help him reform the U.S. education system. “Under her leadership we will reform the US education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families,” Trump stated.
Honored to accept her appointment, the Michigan native tweeted “Together, we can work to make transformational change to ensure every student has the opportunity to fulfill his or her highest potential.”
58-year-old DeVos is the current chairperson of the American Federation for Children, an advocacy group continuously expanding charter schools and school voucher programs that provide families with public money to spend on private school tuition.
Calling DeVos as “a brilliant and passionate education advocate,” Trump’s selection of DeVos marks her as the second woman appointed to his cabinet, along with new US ambassador to the UN, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.