John C. Bedrosian, a businessman and longtime philanthropist, co-founded National Medical Enterprises (now Tenet Healthcare Corporation) with Richard K. Eamer and Leonard Cohen in 1969. During Bedrosian’s 24-year tenure as NME’s senior executive vice-president and director, the company experienced phenomenal growth; at its peak, the hospital chain owned and operated 300 medical facilities staffed by more than 90,000 employees.
In 1995, two years after departing NME, Bedrosian entered the dot-com era by co-founding Autobytel, Inc., the Internet’s largest new and used car buying service, which connects car buyers with dealers around the country. Since stepping down as Autobytel’s chairman in 1999, Bedrosian has focused mainly on his personal business investments and charitable endeavors.
In 2005, Bedrosian and his wife Judith endowed the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development’s Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise. Bedrosian Center faculty and staff examine the nature of democratic governance and how to improve it at every societal level, a field with great personal and professional importance to Bedrosian.
A first-generation Armenian-American whose parents emigrated to the United States in the early 20th century, Bedrosian credits his success to living and working in an open and democratic society. In recognition of his “vision and leadership” as a member of SPPD’s Board of Councilors since 1983, the school presented Bedrosian with the 2006 PPD-Guardian Award, which honors “alumni and supporters who have shown dedication and leadership toward the betterment of their communities and the world around them.”
Born in Troy, New York, Bedrosian came to California in 1948. After graduating from UCLA in 1956, he enrolled in the USC School of Law, where he received his LL. B in 1959. At USC, he served as the Student Bar Association president and became a member of both Skull & Dagger and Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.
A former president of the Federation of American Health Systems, Bedrosian has served on the boards of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the California Business Round Table and the Healthcare Leadership Council. He has also served on the American Hospital Association’s board of directors. Since 2003, Bedrosian has served as president of a private foundation that he and his wife established. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Institute of Transplantation (NIT), as well as a board member of the NIT Foundation.
Bedrosian has also served several terms over the past twenty years as president of the Bel Air Presbyterian Church. In 2005, he joined the board of directors of Oaks Christian School in Thousand Oaks and continues to serve on that board.