Academic Partnerships Appoints Philip De La Vega President of International Division

Tech veteran and former Pearson executive to oversee global expansion of university partnerships


DALLAS, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Academic Partnerships, one of the world’s largest online service providers for higher education, announced today it has appointed Philip De La Vega as president of its newly formed International Division. In this role, De La Vega will oversee all existing and new university partnerships in the company’s rapid global expansion and will report to Academic Partnerships Chairman and CEO Randy Best.

De La Vega joins Academic Partnerships from Pearson, where he was head of the Latin America Hub. Based in Mexico City, he led a team of 700 and was responsible for Pearson Education Business, including verticals in English, K-12, Higher Education and Digital Products. De La Vega worked with the region’s industry and governments to foster the development and adoption of educational technologies. Prior to Pearson, De La Vega spent more than 10 years in leadership roles, including as president and COO of C.G.I., Inc., and as managing director for Nokia in West Africa and for Mexico and Central America.

“Philip is an outstanding addition to the Academic Partnerships leadership team and brings us a unique combination of experience from both technology and education sectors in the developing markets of Latin America and Western Africa,” said Best. “His significant strategic, operational and business development expertise will be immensely valuable to our international growth.”

De La Vega joins Academic Partnerships as the company accelerates its multi-year, multi-phase global expansion across Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa and Europe.

“Academic Partnerships offers a singular opportunity to advance online learning in the U.S. and throughout the world,” said De La Vega. “I look forward to contributing to the company’s success, the success of our university partners, and to making higher education more accessible for students around the world.”

About Academic Partnerships
Academic Partnerships is a leading online service provider for higher education globally. The company assists universities in converting their on-campus degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students for those programs and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, Academic Partnerships is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through technology-aided learning make higher education more accessible and achievable. The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, who has spent nearly 20 years developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. For more information, please visit

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