After earning his bachelors and masters degrees at Florida State, Dennis Boyle became the athletic department’s first marketing director in 1980. Boyle’s duties included promoting basketball and baseball, filling the seats in the football stadium and developing a radio and television network during the time when Florida was controlling the electronic media. Before he left his position, 60 stations carried FSU football with 15 also carrying basketball and local station WTNT broadcasting live FSU baseball. Boyle successfully negotiated the first tape-delayed broadcast of a college football game in the state – a win against the Gators. His interaction with Tallahassee’s CBS affiliate, WCTV, put him in close contact with the Phipps Family, who hired him in 1982.
In 1992 Boyle served as Chairman of Seminole Boosters during its 40th anniversary and in 1995, Dennis and his wife Robin gave an endowment designated for Athletes for Academic Excellence. As CEO of Phipps Ventures Inc., Boyle was instrumental in establishing the John H. Phipps Endowment, which supports multiple scholarships and a named professorship in the FSU Department of Communications, he and his wife Robin also funded the Boyle Scholarship as well as numerous other academic college endowments. He was an energetic personality who helped hospitals, universities and the many causes to which he donated advice and money.
Dennis Boyle is the only individual to ever serve Florida State both as an assistant athletic director and as Chairman of Seminole Boosters and his hard work and dedication toward his alma mater have earned him a place in the FSU Sports Hall of Fame.