Matt Evans, OU's new Board of Trustees member.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed Matthew T. Evans, president of Boich Companies, to a nine-year term on the Ohio University Board of Trustees, according to an OU news release.

Evans graduated from Ohio University in 1993 with a bachelor of arts in political science. Evans previously worked in the Ohio Senate and in former Gov. George Voinovich, the release said.

In 1995, Evans opened Duke Energy’s central Ohio office and navigated the company’s way during deregulation of the electric utility industry, according to the news release. In 2001, he joined Boich Companies, an energy holding company, and managed their public affairs at the state and national levels.

In 2016, Evans became the president of Boich Companies — “and focused on leading the company into a more diversified portfolio in the energy sector. He serves as an advocate for utility-scale solar development with a focus in southern Ohio,” the release said.

In the release, Board of Trustees Chair Dave Scholl expressed enthusiasm about Evans’ appointment to the board.

“I am excited to welcome Matt Evans to the Ohio University Board of Trustees,” Scholl said in the release. “Matt’s leadership and experience gained in the energy industry and in government will provide excellent insight to a very strong board, and we’re grateful for his continued engagement and willingness to serve his alma mater in this new capacity.”

On Twitter, Evans expressed his excitement for the appointment.

“Beyond honored and proud to serve my beloved Ohio University,” Evans said on Twitter. Thank you to @MikeDeWine for your trust and confidence.”

In 2016, DeWine, then Ohio’s attorney general, was accused by liberal group Americans United for Change of collaborating with coal companies against Obama-era EPA regulations, according to Cleveland.com. The article alleges that Evans, among other energy industry figures, circulated and forwarded emails to DeWine regarding the perceived inefficiency of EPA regulations.

Boich Companies is owned by Wayne Boich, who holds assets throughout the United States, according to Bloomberg.

Boich and his wife, Cynthia Boich, are frequent donators to Republican causes. The Boich family donated at least $36,307 to DeWine’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign. Among contributions to other state legislators, the Boich family donated at least $48,123 in 2018 to state Rep. Jay Edwards, a Nelsonville Republican who represents the House district that includes most of Athens County.

Evans fills the Board of Trustees position held by Dell Robinson, whose term ended on May 13, the OU release said.

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