That left Hutchens - a former lawyer at Jackson Kelly's Morgantown office - in charge of government relations. It was up to him to handle WVU's relationships with state agencies and the Legislature last fall and last winter.
"WVU is sitting at the opposite end of the state almost from Charleston," he said.
Cavacini and Hardesty's first contracts run through November.
It's not unheard of for public entities to have contract lobbyists. Marshall University and other state colleges and universities have Washington lobbyists, according to federal reports. Marshall has previously relied on in-house staff to handle legislative affairs, however.
Likewise, groups that represent the state's counties and cities have lobbyists who represent their interests.
Bowman, the WVU lobbyist for Washington, has had at least $120,000 in expenses so far this year, according to reports filed with the U.S. House.
Hardesty said his $10,000-per-quarter consideration was all he planned to charge WVU under his current contract.
When lobbyists entertain clients, they can spend hundreds of dollars at a time. Hardesty said his $10,000 contract is a flat fee.
"Every client I've had, I want to let them know what their exposure is up front," Hardesty said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
Hardesty said he did not think there would be conflicts between his existing clients and WVU when he lobbies.
He said getting the job was an honor.
"I'm honored to represent the flagship university of this state," Hardesty said.
Cavacini did not respond to a voicemail seeking comment.