CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University has hired a lobbyist to work in Charleston at a salary of $140,000.Sarah Smith's hiring as an associate vice president for state and corporate relations was announced this week. The Charleston Daily Mail reported that Smith is the latest hire in the university's efforts to advocate for WVU in Washington and the state's capital city.
The university could spend close to $500,000 this budget year on lobbying.WVU spokesman John Bolt said Smith will represent the university on government relations issues at the Capitol as well as at the county and city level. She'll also work on donor and alumni relations.
Smith is a 2004 graduate of the WVU College of Law.