- Associated Press - Thursday, August 21, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State announced Wednesday that Athletics Director McKinley Boston will step down at the end of the year.

In a statement, the university said Boston’s contract would be extended until Dec. 31 and then a replacement will be named.

The move came after New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers finished a performance review of Boston, but he declined to comment on the review.

However, Carruthers said he expects more from the top athletic post when it comes to fundraising.

“Revenue generation, whether marketing or athletic events or fundraising, has to be a very high priority in the coming athletic director,” Carruthers told the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://goo.gl/jH5Yki). “The change of direction is a result of the financial condition of the athletic program and the need to improve it.”

Boston said he was surprised, but is at peace with the president’s decision.

“We have an agreement, and I will continue to support him through the end of December and make my decisions on my future after that,” he said. “I was thinking about retirement in another two years and, obviously, this was a little bit premature.”

Boston has been the school’s athletic director since 2004. Under his tenure, New Mexico State joined the Western Athletic Conference in 2005. But the football program was left without a conference last season after the Western Athletic Conference opted to no longer sponsor the sport.

The Aggies played an independent schedule in 2013 but will compete as football-only members of the Sun Belt Conference this season.