2022 Thayer Investiture

Michael Adams '83


Senior Advisor, Blackstone Group, New York, NY

Board Member: Elected 2020

AB Dartmouth
MBA University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

Mike retired after 25 years at Bechtel Group, a global engineering, construction, and project management company, where he held various leadership positions, including serving on the Board of Directors, chief financial officer and as president of the global civil engineering and construction business overseeing rail, roads, bridges, tunnels, aviation and hydroelectric projects.

Some of the notable projects for which he was responsible include airports in Muscat in Oman, Doha in Qatar, Las Vegas, Lima in Peru, motorways in Albania, Croatia, Romania and Kosovo, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and rail projects in the UK, including Crossrail, High Speed 1 and West Coast Route Modernisation. Mike began his career as a field engineer at a nuclear power plant construction site, before earning an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mike currently serves as a senior advisor with the Blackstone Group, a private equity, alternative asset management, and financial services firm. His Dartmouth service includes Alumni Fund leadership agent (2012– ) and Admissions alumni interviewer (2016–2019, 2009–2012, 1985–1988).