(Honolulu, Hawai'i) - J. N. Musto
, Executive Director and Chief Negotiator of the University of Hawai'i
Professional Assembly (UHPA) has announced he
is planning to retire in August 2015 after more than 35 years in the position.
"Dr. Musto first informed us of his plans to retire at a board meeting in 2012, and this has given us ample time as an organization to develop a transition plan to continue to effectively serve our 4,000 faculty members across the ten University of Hawai'i campuses statewide," said David Duffy, UHPA President.
UHPA's transition plan includes finding a successor to Musto
A nationwide search for qualified candidates officially began this month with ads placed in such publications as the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The UHPA board plans to start reviewing candidates mid-January 2015.
"We recognize it will be difficult to find a leader of Dr. Musto's
caliber, which is one of the reasons we are starting now and casting a very broad net," Duffy said.
example of relationship-building and his
contributions to the advancement of collective bargaining in our state definitely earn him a permanent place of honor in the history of the Hawai'i
Under Musto's leadership, UHPA
also emerged as a recognized force in political races, providing substantial financial and tactical support to those it endorsed despite its relatively smaller membership size in comparison to other public sector unions.
career with a signed two-year contract with Gov.
Background on J. N. Musto
While pursuing a graduate degree, J. N. Musto was a secondary school biology teacher, with the intent to revolutionize the development and teaching methods of biology curricula.
It was his
personal mission to introduce new education reforms based on experiential teaching.
His focus on science later transitioned to a deeper academic pursuit of law and education, which led to Musto earning a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1973.
dissertation was titled, "Policies, Practices, and Extent of Professional Staff Reductions in Selected Michigan School Districts."
He taught educational law and public sector employment at Northern Michigan University, while also spending two years supervising student teachers in both Michigan and Wisconsin.
This experience gave him insights into the full spectrum of educational settings, extending from Native American reservations to the most advanced university research facilities.
Before coming to Hawai'i, Musto was the Executive Director & Chief Negotiator for the Central Michigan Faculty Association and the Ferris State College Faculty Association, affiliates of the Michigan Education Association.
During this period he
participated in the organizing of faculty unions from California to New York and Florida on behalf of the National Education Association
has often been called on to give national presentations on a wide range of topics related to public employment and the unionization of college and university faculty.
In addition to serving with UHPA, Musto has supported the community in other ways.
He served on the board of directors of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai'i (RCUH); was a trustee and chairman of the Hawai'i Public Employees Health Fund and later as a trustee of the successor Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF); and served on several nonprofit boards, including the Aloha United Way, the Epilepsy Society, and Hawai'i Literacy, Inc.
During the 2014 Legislative Session, Governor Abercrombie re-appointed Musto as one of seven Commissioners to the Education Commission of the States (ECS).
Neil Abercrombie, J.N. Musto, UHPA Executive Director and Chief Negotiator; and David Duffy, UHPA President; David Lassner, UH President; John Morton, UH Vice President for Community Colleges; and Jan Sullivan, Vice Chair of the UH Board of Regents.
The event at the State Capitol underscored what can be accomplished when there is a collaboration, mutual respect and a desire to uphold the spirit of collective bargaining, as envisioned in Chapter 89 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, said J.N. Musto
This was Musto's last contract before his
planned retirement in August 2015.
Gov. Abercrombie, whose term officially ends in January 2015, said in a quivering voice that the contract represents his
55-year relationship with the UH
noted that he
had been in contract negotiations for UH
faculty since he
first came to Hawaii as a lecturer and graduate student at UH-Manoa
J.N. Musto, executive director of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, is familiar with contracts and how they and the university work.
says it's a tragedy for the university to go through another personnel situation.
J. N. Musto
commitment to contractualizing important principles related to MOUs on Workforce Housing (R-19), Childcare and Child care Leave (R-20), and Distance and On-Line Learning (R-21) at UHPA's Faculty Forum held on Saturday, October 18, 2014.