Milady and the American Association of Cosmetology Schools Announce Winner of the 2011 N.F. Cimaglia Award

Recipient Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Cosmetology Education

Clifton Park, NY, November 7, 2011 – Milady, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of beauty and wellness learning solutions, and the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) today announced that the 2011 N.F. Cimaglia Award has been presented to Robert Passage of Chicago, Illinois, an esteemed educator and dedicated participant in the cosmetology industry.

The N.F. Cimaglia Award was established by the AACS Past President’s Club in 1975 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated continuous outstanding service in the beauty industry and in cosmetology education. To be eligible for the award, candidates must either be a board member of the All American Beauty Culture Schools Associated, National-American Cosmetology Schools or American Association of Cosmetology Schools, a past AACS president or have at least 25 continuous years in the industry. Underwritten by Milady, the 2011 award was presented during the opening session of the 2011 AACS convention in Phoenix, AZ on November 5, 2011.

This year’s winner, Robert Passage, has been active in cosmetology education for 25 years. He is a licensed cosmetologist, licensed cosmetology instructor and holds a degree in business from Loyola University in Chicago. He has served on the AACS board since 1995 and has participated on numerous committees during his tenure with the organization. Additionally, Passage has previously served as president on the Illinois Association of Cosmetology Schools (IACS) board, and remains active with his state association today. Along with the AACS and IACS, he stays involved with numerous other industry committees including Cosmetologists Chicago (CC), Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and Advisory Council on Cosmetology Relations and Education (ACCRED).

“We are proud to present Robert Passage with this year’s N.F. Cimaglia Award,” said Dawn Gerrain, president, Milady. “Having been involved in the industry for more than a quarter of a century, Passage has proven himself as an educator and leader within the cosmetology industry and is uniquely qualified to be receiving this honor from Milady and AACS. His dedication and commitment to our industry are unmatched, and we look forward to seeing where he will take his career next.”

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About Milady
Milady, part of Cengage Learning, is the leading provider of beauty and wellness education and has been an industry staple for more than 80 years. Known not only as a provider of pre-licensure resources, Milady offers training and consulting nationwide in various forms for salon and spa professionals, changing the lives of tens of thousands each year.

About Cengage Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. The company’s products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it. Through the company’s unique position within both the library and academic markets, Cengage Learning is providing integrated learning solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom.  Cengage Learning’s brands include Brooks/Cole, Course Technology, Delmar, Gale, Heinle, South-Western and Wadsworth, among others. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Stamford, CT.  For more information on Cengage Learning please visit

About the American Association of Cosmetology Schools
Founded in 1924, the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) is a non-profit organization serving more than 1,000 cosmetology schools throughout North America. AACS is committed to raising awareness of the beauty and wellness industry and the many career paths available it offers.