Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 530




Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Education, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 530, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of:


Education Commission of the States


G.M. No. 530


for a term to expire 6-30-2018,


begs leave to report as follows:


Your Committee has reviewed the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by the nominee and finds J. N. Musto to possess the requisite qualifications to be nominated to the Education Commission of the States.


Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination of J. N. Musto from Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO; Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, Local 1463, IAFF, AFL-CIO; and seventeen individuals.


Your Committee finds that Mr. Musto received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hillsdale College. Mr. Musto went on to receive his Master of Arts degree and Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Michigan.


Mr. Musto has a diverse educational employment history. He is currently the Executive Director of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), a position he has held since 1980. Mr. Musto also served as a secondary school science teacher, an Assistant Professor at Northern Michigan University, a Guest Lecturer at Hawaii Pacific University, and an Instructor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Mr. Musto belongs to several professional organizations and has served on numerous boards, commissions, and task forces, including the Panel of Mediators for the Hawaii State Judiciary's Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Board of Trustees for the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund, National Education Association Higher Education Research Advisory Group, and Hawaii Council on Economic Education. He is a member of the Hawaii P-20 Council which addresses the State's educational interest from early childhood education through higher education. He also serves as a mediator with the Neighborhood Justice Center of Honolulu.


Mr. Musto testified that he views the Education Commission of the States as a very valuable clearinghouse of information on a wide variety of topics related to public and private education. Mr. Musto would like to see Hawaii become a more active participant in helping to formulate national public policy, using the Education Commission of the States. In addition, he believes Hawaii can be a model for public education reform.


By virtue of his training, experience, and knowledge, Mr. Musto continues to be well-positioned and well-prepared to assist the Education Commission of the States in its mission of developing effective policies and practices for public education.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nomination.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,