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

The Vision Behind 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 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. Twenty years later, our vision of a full-service online bookstore and course materials platform has become the model for efficient, cost-effective purchasing and distribution of new, used, rental and digital course materials. To date, the company has saved students over $130 million on course materials.

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 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

  • Joseph Daly

    Chief Financial Officer

    Joseph Daly, Chief Financial Officer, joined Akademos in 2015. Prior to Akademos, Joe was the Senior Vice President of Finance at Innovairre, Inc., a leading provider and distributor of direct mail marketing materials primarily servicing nonprofits and agencies. He also has extensive diverse experience including serving as the Executive Director of Global Accounting for Morgan Stanley Fund Services, Vice President in charge of overseeing US operations and investor services for Bank of New York Fund Services and serving as CFO for two hedge fund managers. He also held the position of Controller/CFO of a large regional trucking company. In addition, Joe spent approximately eight years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. and Ernst & Young.

    Joe holds a BS from Rutgers University and an MBA and MS in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island.

  • Geoffrey Katz

    Executive VP, EDGE Equitable Access

    Geoffrey Katz, Executive Vice President, EDGE Equitable Access, joined the company in 2001 and has worked in numerous capacities including overseeing all product and program management, inventory planning and management, modeling, fulfillment and customer service at the company. Geoffrey transitioned to his current role to drive greater value for our growing number of equitable access partners. 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 helps ensure that Akademos remains an industry leader and an innovator.

    Geoffrey holds a BA degree from Cornell University.

  • Dаniеl Rubin

    Vice President, Technology

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

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

  • Chris Boyster

    Vice President, Sales & Marketing

    Chris joined Akademos at the end of 2018, and oversees sales, business development, and our marketing and demand gen strategy. He has led sales at several technology companies, most recently at CampusLogic, where he led the company from 3, to over 500 customers in 4 years. He is passionate about the mission behind higher ed, building and developing leaders, and making a difference in the community.

    Chris holds a BS in Marketing and a MBA from the University of Phoenix.

  • Luca Paindelli

    Vice President, Strategy and FP&A

    Luca joined Akademos in early 2019 and is responsible of supporting and executing the growth and expansion of Akademos through partnerships and strategic alliances. He brings 10+ years of experience in strategy and corporate development across multiple industries including IT distribution, software development, and education and has led various deals from conception through diligence, signing, and integration.

    Luca graduated summa-cum-laude in Economy and Business Administration from Universita` Bocconi

  • Julie Kuljurgis

    Director, Client Success

    Julie Kuljurgis, Director, Client Success, oversees the Akademos client success team, focusing on successful transitions to the virtual bookstore model and developing and deepening relationships with partner institutions. Julie joined the company in 2014 and launched the Akademos partnership with the City University of New York, the largest urban university in the United States. Julie has over 11 years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining the company, she worked on the McGraw-Hill Education editorial and sales teams, creating student learning materials and working closely with faculty at various institutions to understand their needs.

    Julie holds a BA in English with Honors from the University of Michigan

  • Clay Salit

    Executive Director, Product Management

    Clay Salit, Executive Director, Product Management, joined Akademos in 2021 and oversees the product team responsible for guiding product innovation, vision, and strategic direction at the company. He has spent his career successfully launching, modernizing, and migrating dependable and award-winning products in highly competitive markets and has over a decade of experience in learning technology.

    Clay holds a BS in History from SUNY Brockport