Boston is from Elizabeth City, North Carolina and graduated from P. W. Moore High School in 1964. He attended the University of Minnesota from 1964 to 1968 where he played football. Boston went on to play professionally for the New York Giants in the National Football League (NFL) and for the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for two years.
Boston was named the AD at the University of Minnesota in 1991 and in 1995 he became vice president for student development and athletics at Minnesota. He left the University of Minnesota in 1999, along with then-men's athletic director Mark Dienhart, in connection with the release by the University of a report on an academic cheating scandal involving the men's basketball program.
On August 20, 2014, it was announced that Boston will leave NMSU December 31, 2014.
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