McKinley Boston, the director of athletics at New Mexico State University, has announced that he will step down from his post on December 31. He has been director of athletics for the past decade.
During his tenure, the graduation rate for student athletes at New Mexico State University has increased to 73 percent. (The graduation rate for all students at the university is 45 percent.) “I think the most significant accomplishment during my time has been changing the culture of the NMSU Athletics Department to better reflect the academic culture of the university,” Boston said. “The behavior of our student athletes has also improved. Today they are role models and important members of our community.”
Dr. Boston played football at the University of Minnesota and in both the National Football League and the Canadian Football League. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Montclair State University in New Jersey and an educational doctorate from New York University. Before coming to New Mexico State University, he was director of athletics at the University of Minnesota, where he also served as vice president for student affairs.