A-ka-de-mos

The leader in online and hybrid bookstore solutions for colleges and universities

The Vision Behind Akademos

At Akademos, we believe that every student has a right to affordable educational materials. We also believe that in order to support your institution's educational mission and accommodate student preferences, colleges and universities should have new choices in delivering those materials. That's why we've created a full-service online solution that delivers huge savings on textbooks and other course materials while providing administrators and faculty with critical control over the entire process.

The History of Akademos

Akademos, Inc. was founded in 1999 by a university professor that saw first-hand how the exorbitant costs and complexity of textbook distribution weakened classroom learning. Many students were unable to afford the books they needed, often coming unprepared to class without their required materials. Seventeen years later, our vision of a full-service virtual bookstore has become the model platform for efficient, cost-effective purchasing and distribution of new, used, rental and digital textbooks and course materials. Since its inception, the company has saved students over $50 million on course materials, including over $13 million in 2016.

Meet Our Leadership

Our highly experienced executive team is dedicated to driving positive outcomes for institutions and their students.

  • Raj Kaji

    Chief Executive Officer

    Raj Kaji was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Akademos in July 2018. Raj is responsible for leading and executing company strategy, and building upon the best-in-class customer support to more positively impact academic success and further lower costs for students. Among other roles, Raj previously served as a Vice President at Walden University where he was responsible for approximately 6,000 students and 225 employees.  He was also a strategy and finance professional for Laureate Education working in Europe and the United States.  He currently serves on the board of directors or advisory boards of several education and edtech related companies.

    Raj holds a BS from New York University and MBA from Harvard Business School

  • Geoffrey Katz

    Vice President, Program Management

    Geoffrey Katz, Vice President, Program Management, joined the company in 2001 and oversees all product and program management at the company. Geoffrey has worked in numerous capacities at Akademos, including serving as its director of operations before transitioning to his current role. Since joining the company, he has become proficient with the technologies that power the Akademos platform and has been an integral part of its ongoing development. Geoffrey took a leading role in the launch and development of the Textbookx.com Marketplace and has overseen its growth to millions of books and hundreds of thousands of sellers. Geoffrey leads the IT Department and ensures that Akademos’ system remains an industry leader and an innovator in its use of technology.

    Geoffrey holds a BA degree from Cornell University.

  • Daniel Rubin

    Vice President, Technology

    Daniel Rubin, Vice President, Technology joined Akademos in 2002 and is responsible for overseeing the technology development and management of the programming team. Daniel architects, plans and manages both the front-end and back-end of our technology platform, including the institutional program and national marketplace.

    Daniel studied Computer Science at Polytechnic Institute of New York University where he was awarded the institution’s Principal's Scholarship.

  • Sarah Jensen

    Vice President, Operations

    Sarah Jensen, Vice President, Operations joined Akademos in 2004 and oversees all inventory planning and management, modeling, fulfillment and customer service. Sarah started at Akademos as a Marketing Manager and moved to Operations in 2009. In addition to overseeing operations, she works closely with the IT Department to develop new projects and improve overall site performance and student satisfaction.

    Sarah holds a BA degree from Cornell University.

  • Jonathan Shar

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Jonathan Shar, Chief Marketing Officer, joined Akademos in 2014 and oversees student marketing innovation as well as all institutional sales and marketing. Prior to joining Akademos, Jonathan served as General Manager of Barnes & Noble’s NOOK digital content business, where he was responsible for the newsstand, video and application businesses. Prior to NOOK, Jonathan was the SVP and General Manager of CNNMoney and has also worked within the consumer marketing division of Time Inc., where he rose to the position of Vice President of Consumer Marketing for Sports Illustrated.

    Jonathan received his MBA from the University of Michigan and his BA from Tufts University.

  • Kathy Boothby Sestak

    Account Development Director

    Kathy Sestak, Account Development Director, oversees partner Account Development and Management for Akademos. Kathy has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining Akademos, she served as District Sales Manager for Cengage Learning for 3 years, responsible for a team of 9 Learning Consultants covering all disciplines across higher education. Kathy also worked at Pearson North America focusing on Math and Sciences for 2 and 4-year colleges and universities. While at Pearson, she also served as an Editor for the Math and Stats lists.

    Kathy holds an MS in Education from LIU Post and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.