Academic Partnerships appoints Fernando Bleichmar as CEO

DALLAS, February 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Academic Partnerships (AP), the leading online facilitator helping regional public universities expand access to high-quality, affordable and workforce-relevant education, today announced the appointment of Fernando Bleichmar as its managing director. He succeeds Darab (“Rob”) Ganji who is retiring and will continue to serve as a senior advisor to the company’s board of directors.

Fernando joins AP from Cengage Group, a global education technology company that serves millions of learners, where he led their US higher education division. Today’s announcement follows an extensive nationwide search overseen by AP’s Board of Directors with support from a globally recognized executive search firm.

Dan BranchChairman of the AP Board of Trustees, said, “Today, more than ever, universities are looking for trusted experts to help them meet student demand for flexible and accessible education, especially in areas where the needs are great. We are deeply grateful to Rob for his vision. and his leadership in achieving AP’s high-impact mission and his unwavering commitment to our employees, our university customers, and the success of their students Under his leadership, AP has grown to support more than 55 universities and more than 750 high needs programs. From this base, we anticipate Fernando to elevate AP to great heights. He brings deep experience and a strong skill set to the job, having 20 years of experience in higher education and strategic leadership roles, with a stellar record of growth and innovation.

Fernando has held leadership positions with the Cengage Group for eight years, most recently as Executive Vice President and General Manager of US Higher Education. During his tenure at Cengage Group, he also served as Chief Product Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to joining Cengage Group, he held positions at Elsevier Health Sciences and The Boston Consulting Group. He holds an MBA from Colombia University and a bachelor’s degree University of Pennsylvania.

By joining AP, Fernando Bleichmar said: “Talking to hundreds of universities and students over the years, I know the life-changing benefits of education. I have also seen the challenges many students face in accessing affordable education in a flexible way that allows them to achieve their goals.AP’s commitment to achieving its mission is one of the reasons I’m so proud to join the company and help build on this important legacy. I look forward to leading AP as we continue to meet the needs of our university partners with a single focus on university and student success.”

“It has been a great privilege to have served as CEO of Academic Partnerships for nearly four years and to serve the talented team at AP to support regional universities and their students,” said Rob Ganji. “Our commitment, aligned with our university partners, to affordable access, student success, and workforce needs is transforming lives, and I’m honored to have played a part. Today, the mission of AP is increasingly critical, and I am happy to pass the baton to a capable and passionate leader to guide the company into its next chapter.”

Dan Branch added, “Speaking on behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, we are excited about this next phase for AP, and we look forward to working with Fernando to continue AP’s mission of academic and student success. “

About Academic Partnerships
Situated at Dallas, TXAcademic Partnerships is an online facilitator that primarily assists public higher education institutions through North America taking their academic programs online and recruits and retains qualified students until program completion. AP’s mission is to expand access to high-quality, affordable, workforce-relevant education, especially for active and mature students. Founded in digital innovation over a decade ago, Academic Partnerships brings resolute dedication, an integrated set of services, and data-driven performance to our collaboration with academic partners, especially as we face the challenges posed by COVID-19. For more information on innovative e-learning solutions, please visit

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