Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Greg Mortenson: A Redux

by Gary Snyder

In an attempt to clear his name, Greg Mortenson co-founder of the  Mont.-based Central Asia Institute,  and of "Three Cups of Tea" fame is removing himself from day-to-day management of CAI. CAI has taken on an acting executive director and a communications director.  She is Karin Ronnow, a former Bozeman Chronicle reporter who wrote adoring stories on Mortenson's work in Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. 

The CAI board of directors will expand …from three members, Mortenson and two other persons. Mortenson crashed from being a celebrity to at the least an embarrassed author and charity executive. Both roles seemed to unwind when the CAI's treasurer and board chairman -- famed physician-climber ("Everest: The West Ridge") Tom Hornbein -- quit in frustration at Mortenson's lack of ability to manage and when the former K2 climber was charged by a "60 Minutes" expose with empty schools and questionable authenticity of his books. 

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