The charity founded by Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson has expanded its board from three to 10 members as part of a legal agreement with the Montana attorney general’s office, reports the Associated Press.
The settlement brings to the Central Asia Institute directors with experience in philanthropy, business, finance, and academia. Mr. Mortenson will remain on the Bozeman, Mont., charity’s board but will not have a vote.
The agreement arose from a state finding that the institute had spent millions of dollars promoting Mr. Mortenson’s best-selling books and other expenses not directly related to its mission of building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The author was ordered to repay the charity $1-million.
The state investigation focused on the institute’s management and did not address allegations that Mr. Mortenson fabricated elements of his memoirs. A civil suit over those claims was dismissed earlier this year.