The university’s filing says Fendley drafted the contract between himself and WSARC shortly before he was promoted from WSARC CEO to university provost advisor. The contract was signed by his replacement, Dennis Andersh, after Fendley’s promotion in May 2014. It paid him $5,000 a month to bring Andersh up to speed in the job.
WSARC paid him $51,700 in consulting fees under the contract while his university salary was $169,146.
The university claims it stopped paying Fendley because he stopped performing work on the contract when he was suspended in May 2015.
“The counterclaims are entirely baseless,” said Ted Copetas, Fendley’s attorney, when reached for comment Friday.