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About Regency

Our focus is simple. "It’s all about our students."

A Leader in Beauty

Regency Beauty Institute is one of the nation’s leading cosmetology education providers. Our growth has been fueled by our single-minded dedication to reinventing cosmetology education. Our goal? To meet the needs of today’s connected, creative students.

Education for the Future

We’ve designed a hands-on curriculum for students who are highly visual and socially connected, so how they learn and how they live aren’t exclusive. They’re one and the same. It's called Studio Luma, and it's only available at Regency.

Teaching That Inspires

Great teachers drive the Regency experience. Filmbook, our innovative new teaching format, allows Regency teachers to spend more time connecting with students, working side-by-side to learn the craft of cosmetology and the business of being a salon-ready, successful cosmetologist.

Our Headquarters

Regency is headquartered in St. Louis Park, MN with 88 state-of-the art campuses throughout 20 states. And each campus shares the same mission – Reinventing cosmetology school so creative people can turn their love for beauty and self-expression into a rewarding lifestyle and career where their creativity matters.


The Regency of today has been shaped by its history of innovation and growth.

Originally founded in the 1950s as the Myndall Cain Beauty Academy, the school was renamed Regency Beauty Academy in the 1980s.

Expanding Nationwide

The early 2000s were marked by a period of rapid growth driven by former management consultant and investment banker Hayes Batson, who purchased Regency in 2002 and renamed it Regency Beauty Institute. He envisioned an innovative approach to cosmetology education and began laying the foundation for the Regency of today.

Beauty School Reimagined

Regency continues to reinvent education to meet the learning and lifestyle needs of today’s cosmetology student. Focused on great teaching, Regency’s network of 88 campuses are places where a new model of cosmetology education creates successful students and “salon-ready” graduates who are committed to defining the next generation of beauty and elevating the profession of cosmetology.


The Regency Beauty management team is driven by the same creativity and spirit of innovation that inspires our students.

Joe Gaylord - President & CEO
Mark Carani - SVP, Campus Operations
Andrea Fike - SVP & General Counsel
Linda Muehlbauer - SVP, Student Support
Leslie Bronk - VP, Admissions
Gwyneth Dwyer - VP, Brand
Julie Kline - VP, Human Resources
Kristi Macht - VP & Controller
Doug McKibben - VP & CIO
Kevin Warnke - VP, Student Financing

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