June 6, 2013
(New York) - Health care executive, Terrance M. Bedient, General Service Board Class A (nonalcoholic) trustee and treasurer since 2008, has been elected chairperson of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous.
A.A.’s General Service Board is comprised of 14 alcoholic (Class B) trustees and seven nonalcoholic (Class A) trustees. All seven Class A trustees are highly respected professionals. From philosophy, organization and finance to public information, education and health care, their experience touches on vital aspects of A.A. world service. During A.A.'s 78 year history, a number of distinguished nonalcoholics have served on A.A. General Service Board.
Terry has had a long and distinguished career in the field of medical administration, beginning in the mid-1970s as Chief of Social Services for the U.S. Army in Fort Ritchie, Maryland. After leaving the military, he completed graduate work in Health Care Administration at George Washington University and has subsequently held administrative posts at hospitals in Virginia, New York City, Michigan, and Rochester, N.Y. Currently, he is vice president of the Medical Society of New York, in Albany, N.Y., and director of the Committee for Physician Health, an organization dedicated to providing confidential assistance to physicians suffering from substance abuse and other problems.
Terry has served on a dozen nonprofit boards, most recently with the Federation of State Physician Health Programs with membership in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands. He is a regular lecturer at ten medical schools and 60 New York hospitals. He was appointed by New York’s Chief Judge to the Commission on Alcoholism in the Legal Profession.
Terry was first introduced to A.A. when he was in charge of a counseling program for military personnel at Fort Ritchie in 1975. It was then that he went to his first open A.A. meeting, became friends with people in recovery and began an association with A.A. that parallels his career in health care administration. “I had always seen A.A. as a key component of a successful recovery program. My A.A. service has reinforced the value of A.A. not just to those in recovery but, to society as a whole. A.A. provides a crucial service to alcoholics in this country, in Canada, and in the world at large.”
During his five years as trustee/treasurer, Terry has served on numerous committees that, he says, “have provided me with a broad view of the opportunities and challenges that the board needs to be looking at. The key issue facing A.A. worldwide is membership growth and engagement. Service is what makes us healthy as an organization. My focus [as chairperson] will be to help provide leadership with the other trustees on the board to encourage the membership to be involved in service in its many components. There are enormous opportunities to share the life-saving message of A.A.”
Terry currently lives with his wife in Albany, New York. He has two grown children and three grandchildren.
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