Academic Partnerships Names Bob Rae President and Chief Operating Officer

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Academic Partnerships announced today that Bob Rae has joined the company as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Academic Partnerships announced today that Bob Rae has joined the company as President and Chief Operating Officer. He has assumed responsibility for daily operations of Academic Partnerships, a leading higher education service provider to top universities around the world. Bob joins Randy Best, founder and chairman of Academic Partnerships, to support the firm’s rapid global expansion.

Bob Rae brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in technology, marketing and process innovation.

“Bob’s extensive background in managing rapidly growing businesses makes him the ideal leader to guide Academic Partnerships through the next period of its development,” said Randy Best. “Bob will also continue to expand the level of support we provide our university partners and their students.”

Prior to joining Academic Partnerships, Bob Rae was an executive at Mosaic Sales Solutions, a leading marketing and merchandising service firm with more than 10,000 employees. Before joining Mosaic, he was the EVP of Operations and Technology at Securus Technologies, a niche software applications and telecommunications service provider. He also served in leadership roles at Fujitsu and Bell Atlantic.

“I am excited to join the Academic Partnerships team at a time of truly unprecedented transformation in higher education,” Bob commented. “I look forward to applying my experience from the technology and service sectors and leading Academic Partnerships through this period of exceptional growth.”

About Academic Partnerships
Dallas-based Academic Partnerships partners with universities to deliver students full degree programs online. The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. Academic Partnerships helps universities increase access to high-quality education by providing the technology, student recruitment and faculty support necessary to serve online students. Academic Partnerships is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally. For more information, please visit

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