Piedmont International University

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Piedmont International University
Type Private
Established 1945
Chancellor Dr. Stephen Condon
President Dr. Charles Petitt[1]
Provost Dr. Beth Ashburn[1]
Students 740[2]
Location Winston-Salem, NC, USA
Colors Navy, Columbia Blue, and White             
Mascot Bruins
Website www.piedmontu.edu

Piedmont International University is a private Bible College and Graduate School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Piedmont offers both residential and online programs ranging from dual enrollment, undergraduate, and graduate degrees. It is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools[3] and maintains membership in the American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries.[4]


In 1945, Charles Stevens and a group of North Carolina Baptist leaders founded Piedmont Bible Schools, Inc. and opened Piedmont Bible Institute. Three years later, the institute added two years of junior college. Although the academy associated with Piedmont Bible Schools, Inc. was discontinued in 1952 the Bible institute and the college continued.

In 1956 Piedmont completed the accreditation requirements of the Accrediting Association of Bible Institutes and Bible Colleges (now The Association for Biblical Higher Education). Their acceptance allowed Religious Education and Theology bachelor's degrees to be awarded, starting in 1957, with the acceptance of the State Department of Education.

The college added a graduate program in 1994 and joined the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) one year later. In 2004, the college merged with Spurgeon Baptist Bible College of Mulberry, Florida to create Piedmont’s Spurgeon School of Online Education.[5] With this merge came several undergraduate and graduate programs available online in their entirety including a master's degree in Biblical Studies offered online in Spanish. The accreditation of two international branch campuses in restricted access nations sprang from partnerships with nationals in Asia and the Middle East. A 2008 merger with Atlantic Baptist Bible College of Chester, Virginia led to the establishment of the Atlantic Scholarship for Ministry Training.[6] Foothills Christian College also merged with then Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate Schools in 2010. In 2012 Piedmont officially changed their name from Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate Schools to Piedmont International University.[7] Then in March 2015, it was announced that as of May 1, 2015, Tennessee Temple University would also dissolve and merge with Piedmont.[8] On June 1, 2018 John Wesley University of High Point, North Carolina officially merged with Piedmont International University.


  1. ^ a b "PIU Leadership". Piedmont International University. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  2. ^ "Fast Facts". Piedmont International University. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  3. ^ "Transnational Association Of Christian Colleges and Schools". Tracs.org. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  4. ^ "American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries". Aaccs.info. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  5. ^ "Online Education - Piedmont International University". Pbc.edu. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  6. ^ "Piedmont, Atlantic colleges to merge this year". JournalNow.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  7. ^ "Piedmont International University - Piedmont International University". Pbc.edu. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  8. ^ "Tennessee Temple University To Close After Almost 70 Years". The Chattanoogan. 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2015-03-04.

External links

  • Official website

Coordinates: 36°05′16″N 80°15′00″W / 36.0879°N 80.2501°W / 36.0879; -80.2501

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