During his first year as commandant, Quay became one of the first victims of the Wardens. Through their nanites, the Wardens gained control of Quay and used him to spread their influence throughout Starfleet, quickly developing a substantial powerbase in the Academy and Starfleet Command.
Fortunately the activity of the Wardens did not go unnoticed by all, and Admiral Nolotai ordered a team from the USS Incursion to infiltrate the Academy and capture Quay. This mission was a success, and while the Warden-controlled Quay did not give in to conventional interrogation, he wasn't beyond the reach of a Vulcan mind meld. Intelligence obtained from Quay uncovered Warden plans and was a first step to in their downfall.
- Quay's eventual fate is unknown, however it is likely Quay was cured and returned to his post at the Academy.