areas of expertise
- Strategic Planning
- Executive Searches
- Operational Review
- Master of Arts in Education, Montclair State University
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education, University of Minnesota
McKinley Boston’s career spans the breadth of athletics and academics. Boston was the former athletic director at New Mexico State University from 2004 to 2014. His experience also includes serving as vice president at the University of Minnesota.
McKinley Boston’s experience includes serving as vice president at the University of Minnesota, earning a doctorate from New York University, playing professional football and serving 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 to 1995) and then as vice president for student development and athletics (1995 to 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 to 1990) and Kean College (1986 to 1987) in Union, NJ. From 1973 to 1986, he served as director of student services at his alma mater, Montclair State College (NJ). 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.
Boston played football and attended the University of Minnesota from 1964 to 1968, where he was a three-year letter winner. As a senior in 1967, he earned all-conference honors in leading the Gophers to a share of their last Big Ten Conference football title.
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, Boston retired from professional football.
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