​Michael G. ThonisM. Thonis
Vice Chair, Elected: 2017
​Elected to the Board: 2008

1972 B.S. - Arts and Sciences

Michael Thonis is co-founder and senior advisor of Charlesbank Capital Partners. Prior to co-founding Charlesbank, a private equity firm, Thonis was a managing director at Harvard Private Capital, the firm's predecessor. He joined there in 1991, having begun his tenure at Harvard Management Company in 1979 as director of research. Before Harvard, he worked with Bain & Company as a consultant.
In addition to a geology degree from Syracuse, Thonis holds an MS in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from The Harvard Business School.
Thonis, who has a range of outdoor interests, including earth sciences and mountaineering, also serves as Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science and a Trustee of the New England Conservatory of Music.
Thonis is a vice chair and serves on the Board Audit, Advancement and External Affairs, Investment and Endowment and Executive Committees.  He serves as co-chair of the National Campaign Council Executive Committee and served as a member of the Ad Hoc Workgroups on Invest Syracuse and Volunteer Boards. He serves on the Boston Regional Council.
Mike and Susie Thonis are generous supporters of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Earth Sciences, where they have endowed two Thonis Family Professorships in Earth Sciences. They have also established the Thonis Family Earth Science Scholarship endowment and have provided additional support for University programs and scholarships.

Updated: May 10, 2020