Randy Best is founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Academic Partnerships (AP).
Randy began his business career in college and has founded or acquired more than 100 public and private companies in a broad range of fields including healthcare, defense and aerospace, publishing, agriculture, food, oil and gas, real estate, and education.
When Randy moved into the second half of his career, he began pursuing solely business initiatives with a social mission that would have an enduring and positive impact on society. This commitment led to his focus on education and the welfare of children.
Randy has led a number of companies in the education space and, through AP, currently works to make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the United States and around the world.
Randy currently serves on the boards of directors of the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy and Universal Giving. He also serves on the Education Commission of the States’ advisory board and the University of Texas at Arlington’s development board.
In addition to his current roles, Randy has served on the boards of the NEA Foundation, the College of Education Foundation for the University for Texas at Austin, and the National Urban Alliance for Columbia University. He also served on the White House Millennium committee and is a benefactor of the Smithsonian Institution.
Randy and his wife also support numerous philanthropic endeavors in Texas, across the United States, and around the world through the Nancy and Randy Best Foundation.
Randy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and economics from Lamar University.