McKinley Boston

Former Athletic Director - New Mexico State, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Keane College

McKineley Boston's career spans the breadth of athletics and academics. Boston was the former athletic Athletic Director at New Mexico State University from 2004-2014. Previously his experience included serving as vice president at the University of Minnesota, earned a doctorate from New York University, played professional football and served as a visiting scholar at Harvard University.

Prior to his tenure at New Mexico State, Boston served as president of MB&A, Inc., a consulting company that assists colleges and universities in the development of strategic business partnership planning.

He previously worked at the University of Minnesota for 10 years, first as director of athletics (1991-95) and then as vice president for student development and athletics (1995-2000).

As director of athletics, Boston erased a $2 million deficit and led a capital campaign that raised more than $7 million in seed money to finance a $42 million construction effort. During his tenure, graduation rates increased to an all-time high of 57% while the department finished 14th in the inaugural National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Sears Directors' Cup standings.

Boston also served as director of athletics at Rhode Island (1988-90) and Kean College (1986-87) in Union, N.J. From 1973-86, he served as director of student services at his alma mater, Montclair State College (N.J.) During that time he also served as an assistant football coach.

Boston received his bachelor's degree in 1973 and his master's degree in 1974 from Montclair State. He received his doctorate in education in 1987 from New York University. He served as a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 1988 and earned a certificate of leadership from the National Academy of Leadership and Effectiveness in Washington, D.C., in 1999.

A native of Elizabeth City, N.C., Boston graduated from P.W. Moore High School in 1964.

He played football and attended the University of Minnesota from 1964-68 where he was a three-year letterwinner. He earned all-conference honors in leading the Gophers to a share of their last Big Ten Conference football title as a senior in 1967.

He went on to play professionally for the New York Giants for two years and two years for the British Columbia Lions.

Following the 1973 season, he retired from professional football and completed his bachelor's degree at Montclair State.

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