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AACS Names Cecil Kidd As Executive Director

AACS Names Cecil Kidd As Executive Director

Washington DC–AACS, the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, the premier organization representing private career institutions engaged in training students in cosmetology and beauty careers announced today that Cecil Kidd is joining the organization as its new executive director.

Kidd has significant experience as a leader in the areas of association management, postsecondary education, and government relations.

For over 10 years, Kidd served as the executive director of the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC). Kidd’s experience also includes serving as the CEO of TechLauderdale, a campus president of Keiser University, and a regional director of government relations for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

“AACS conducted a national search which identified a candidate who not only understands the unique benefits of our sector of education, but also has the leadership skills and operational expertise to lead our organization” said AACS board chairman Michael Halmon. “We are pleased that Cecil is joining our association as our new executive director.”

Kidd stated, “I am excited to be joining an organization with a strong history of representing such a valuable sector of career education in our country. The growing beauty industry in the United States represents revenues close to $100 billion yearly, necessitating additional trained professionals. Our schools are dedicated to graduating well-trained professionals to provide those services.”


Founded in 1924, AACS ( is a national, nonprofit association open to all privately owned schools of cosmetology arts & sciences. AACS membership is comprised of cosmetology, skin, nail, barbering and massage schools. AACS provides the industry with a range of services including continuing education, networking, communications, and government relations. AACS holds various conferences, conventions, and meetings throughout the year. AACS members act as a family, often helping each other with addressing a variety of issues facing beauty education.

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