In Memory of John Musso


John Musso passed away earlier this month. During his tenure at ASBO International, John visited Texas numerous times and was a tremendous ambassador for the school business community. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in John’s name by visiting

Past ASBO International Executive Director John Musso passed away on November 7. Below is the message ASBO International sent to members to honor his memory:

Dear ASBO International members,

It is with great sadness we share that John Musso, CAE, RSBA, our past Executive Director, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2023, after a brave battle with cancer. John was an exceptional and dedicated servant of the education community.

John's life was a tapestry woven with a profound commitment to nurturing young minds and enhancing educational systems. His journey into the world of education commenced with zeal, earning a bachelor's degree in science and mathematics with a specialized focus on education from the University of Northern Colorado. His thirst for knowledge led him to pursue a master's in public administration from the same institution, solidifying his foundation in the field of education.

John's impact on education extended far beyond the confines of the classroom. His career began with empathy and care as a mental health worker in a confined treatment center for troubled adolescents. Evolving swiftly, he earned his teaching certificate, sharing his wisdom within the classroom before ascending to the esteemed role of principal at an award-winning elementary school in Colorado, ultimately serving as a deputy superintendent.

His professional journey transcended traditional educational roles, venturing into the intricate world of school business administration. With astute guidance, for 15 years in Colorado and subsequently with D.C. Public Schools, John meticulously navigated the complexities of school business. His expertise spanned critical domains, overseeing finance, transportation, procurement, technology, maintenance, human resources, and nutrition services within the school districts he served. As a Chief Financial Officer, his leadership in Title I and vocational education set a new standard of excellence.

John's dedication and proficiency were celebrated with prestigious accolades, including the Colorado Teacher of the Year Award and the Colorado School Business Official of the Year Award. His influence expanded beyond local recognition, assuming vital roles in Colorado ASBO and joining ASBO International in 1990.

Within ASBO International, his commitment was unwavering, earning accolades such as the Outstanding School Business Administrator Award in 1992, the Pinnacle Award in 1994, and the International Eagle Award in 2001. His impact was not merely marked by awards but by service. John's engagement was profound, serving on the ASBO International Board of Directors from 2004, later becoming the Executive Director in 2006.

His dedication extended to numerous committees during his tenure as Executive Director at ASBO International and before assuming that role. His commitment to these committees was a testament to his passion for the betterment of educational systems.

John's commitment was evident not only in his professional roles but also in his attendance at 23 Annual Conferences, 23 Leadership Conferences/Forums, 14 Eagle Institutes, and 3 Legislative Advocacy Conferences. His unwavering commitment and deep involvement in these events reflected his passion for continuous learning and improvement within the school business sphere.

As we bid farewell to a luminary in the realm of education, let us remember John Musso not only for his professional accomplishments but for the passion and unwavering dedication he embodied. His influence and legacy will continue to inspire generations of school business officials and the students they serve, leaving an indelible mark on the education landscape.

John was a special friend and mentor to many. He will be remembered for his focus on others, whether it was his family, colleagues, or the association's members. Testaments to his kindness, leadership, and support for those around him have been shared by the many people whose lives he touched. Colleagues from across the globe will remember him as a true friend, a great leader, and an advocate for the school business community. Known for his humility, passion, and the genuine connections he made, his loss is deeply felt. The many members of ASBO International's staff who worked with John are deeply saddened by his passing, remembering his profound impact on their lives and careers. He leaves behind a legacy of love and support and will be dearly missed.

John is preceded in death by his loving wife Anita, and parents Dominic and Frances Musso. He is survived by his daughter, Kristin (Brandon) Smith; sisters, Donna (Mike) Hill, Janice (Eric) Kamen; nephew, Nicholas (Antolina) Hill; niece, Michelle (Chris) Sutton; great nieces, Allie Rae and Anabella Sutton and great nephew, Barrett Hill.

A visitation for John will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Roselawn Cemetery Chapel. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, November 15th, at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in John’s name by visiting

to support a teacher in need today. We ask that you also visit John’s memorial webpage to share memories and condolences with his family.

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