A Fitting Tribute

April 26, 2015

The following article appears in the April/May 2015 issue of Athletic Management.

Like many athletic directors, McKinley Boston has always been most comfortable behind the scenes. His legacy, however, will be center stage, thanks to a surprise gift at his recent retirement party.

When Boston stepped down this past December after 10 years as Athletic Director at New Mexico State University, the school unveiled The Dr. McKinley and Mrs. Magellia Boston Endowed Scholarship Fund. Future NMSU athletic directors will grant student-athletes scholarships generated by the collection.

“Throughout his tenure, Dr. Boston made academics a top priority,” says Fred Heinrich, Associate Athletic Director for Development. “This going-away present represents what he stands for. And the perpetuity of it is a perfect way to honor him. Many people contributed to the fund, and he was definitely touched by the support of so many folks.”

In addition to the scholarship announcement, the NMSU athletic staff worked to make the night an unforgettable celebration. “We asked a number of athletic directors from around the country who have worked with Dr. Boston to make videos of themselves talking about him,” says Heinrich. “Many thanked him and spoke about what he meant to their careers and lives. We put their greetings together and played it at the event.”

Boston was also sent off with a letterman’s jacket and plenty of Aggie gear, but the scholarship was the highlight of the evening. “Mac was dedicated to developing our students to be well-rounded members of the world,” Heinrich says. “We thought this award would be a good way to recognize that commitment.”

 

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