SELECTED BOARD MEMBERS AND ADVISORS


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Randy BestChairman

Randy Best is the Founder and Chairman of Academic Partnerships and other mission-driven organizations focused exclusively on the delivery of affordable and accessible higher education globally. For the past 20 years, Randy has been solely committed to business initiatives in the education sector, focusing on the welfare of children and expanding access to higher education. Randy’s successful efforts to help a small public university... continue >

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Darab Ganji “Rob”Vice Chairman

Rob Ganji has been with Academic Partnerships and other Best Associates holdings since 2005. He has extensive experience in the EdTech sector with strategic and operational leadership roles in higher education services, including the launch and successful management of AP’s healthcare vertical. As Vice Chairman, Rob provides strategic guidance to the AP executive team and specifically focuses on corporate growth and strategic... continue >

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Justyna Dymerska, Ph.D. Executive Vice President

Justyna Dymerska has been with Academic Partnerships and other Best Associates’ holdings since 2009. She works on corporate strategy and global business development, and serves as a senior advisor to AP’s Chairman. Prior to joining AP, Justyna was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and held faculty positions at the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University. Justyna serves or has served on the... continue >


Tom EvansPartner, Best Associates

Tom Evans is a board member of Academic Partnerships and has been with Best Associates since 2004 as partner. Tom’s primary responsibilities include identifying and evaluating investment opportunities, capitalizing portfolio companies, leading acquisition and divestiture initiatives, and managing investor relations. He has served as a member of the board of directors for Ilumno, Higher Ed Holdings and Academic Partnerships since...continue >

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Nikitas Koutoupes Member, Board of Directors

Nikitas Koutoupes is a partner at Insight Venture Partners, a $13 billion private equity firm investing in high-growth technology companies, where his primary areas of focus are education and marketing automation. Prior to Insight, Nikitas cofounded and was the Chief Financial Officer of Citadon (acquired by the Sword Group), a software-as-a-service company that became part of Insight’s portfolio. He serves on the boards of directors... continue >

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Dan Branch Member, Board of Directors

Dan Branch is a prominent Texas political leader, attorney and advocate for advancing higher education. He is a former Chairman of the Committee on Higher Education in the Texas House of Representatives and currently serves as Commissioner on the Education Commission of the States. During his six-year tenure in the Texas House, he was a leading advocate of numerous education reforms and was recognized by Texas Monthly among its...continue >