McKinley Boston

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McKinley Boston
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1945-11-05) November 5, 1945 (age 72)
Elizabeth City, North Carolina, U.S.
Playing career
1965–1967 Minnesota
1968–1969 New York Giants
Position(s) Defensive end, linebacker
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1986–1987 Kean
1989–1991 Rhode Island
1991–1995 Minnesota
2004–2014 New Mexico State

McKinley Boston Jr. (born November 5, 1945) is an American university administrator who most recently was athletic director at New Mexico State University. He was named athletics director on December 14, 2004 and retired effective December 31, 2014.[1][2]

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 received his bachelor's degree in 1973 and his master's degree in 1974 from Montclair State University. He received his doctorate in education in 1987 from New York University.

Boston served as director of athletics at Kean College in Union, New Jersey (1986–1987) and University of Rhode Island (1989–1991).

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.[3]


  1. ^ "McKinley Boston, Athletics Director". New Mexico State University. Archived from the original on February 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "McKinley Boston Retiring as Athletics Director at New Mexico State University". Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. September 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Gophers' AD Quits, Coach Lied". CBS News. November 19, 1999. Retrieved September 3, 2009.

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