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Quinnite Spotlight: Alumnus
Kenneth Boston – Class of 2008
Every college is lifted by alumni involvement and Paul Quinn College is no different. Kenneth Boston is one of those alumni that lifts the Quinnite Nation and has done so since serving as the Student Government Association (SGA) President in 2007. Born and raised in Dallas, TX and with Quinnites in his family dating back to the Waco days, Boston was destined to graduate from Paul Quinn and did so in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education. We recently caught up with Boston to hear about his life after PQC and how he reflects on his days as a Quinnite.
How did you arrive at PQC?
Well, first I started my college experience at Prairie View A&M University, but I eventually decided that moving back to Dallas and attending PQC was the best option for me. My wife, then girlfriend, Jenee was a PQC student, so I was looking forward to being near her as well.
What was special about your years at PQC?
I really enjoyed the year I was SGA President, which was also President Sorrell’s first full year as President. During that year, President Sorrell instated a curfew and a campus-wide business casual dress code. I share this because it made my role as SGA President challenging, but challenging in a good way. I learned how to effectively deal with people in a variety of situations and honed my leadership skills.
How else has President Sorrell impacted your life?
I was fortunate to know President Sorrell before attending PQC and knew I would have a support system once I transferred. But what I didn’t anticipate was President Sorrell taking me under his wing and becoming a mentor like he did. I went through the unofficial “Quinnite Business Training Program,” which involved real-world experience mixed with honest, constructive feedback.
What career path have you embarked on since graduating?
I actually worked for PQC the first two years after graduation. I managed the business office and served as Chief of Staff under finance. I then moved to a role at The Exchange Service, a retail sector of the Department of Defense that provides quality merchandise and services to customers. In my current role, I serve as a Contracting Officer and am certainly utilizing the leadership and communication skills I acquired at PQC.
How do you respond to questions about HBCU’s relevancy?
First and foremost education of African American students is unique because of their sometimes different backgrounds and needs. HBCU’s were created to cater to these needs and still do so today. With more and more African American students attending college and aspiring to attend college, HBCU’s are more relevant than ever.
Do you have any final thoughts?
I’m proud that PQC is a faith-based institution and feel parents are more comfortable sending their children to PQC. It’s great to have that foundation at a higher education institution.
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