Paul Hustoles, of Mankato, recently retired as the longtime head of the theater and dance department at Minnesota State University. His appointment to the Board, made by Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, went into effect on July 22, 2020 and expires January 3, 2022.
Paul J. Hustoles celebrated his last year as Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2020 where he has also been Artistic Director of Highland Summer Theatre since 1985. Paul received his MA from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. He just completed directing his 235th show (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), having produced over 625 shows. Paul is the proud recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Gold Medallion of Excellence Award and, in 2012, was named a Distinguished Faculty Scholar of Minnesota State Mankato. His beloved wife is Mary Jo and he has two children and two grandchildren.