President

Dr. Charles Petitt


336.714.7995
Office: Grace Hall
petittc@piedmontu.edu

 In the 1980’s Charles and Dawn Petitt planted a multi-cultural church in Atlanta, GA. They then lived for a decade in the West Indies where a church planting movement was initiated and key national leaders were trained. In 2002 Dr. Petitt was inaugurated as the president of Piedmont International University in Winston Salem, NC. Under his leadership the University has enjoyed enrollment growth of over 250%, added a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and launched numerous online education and hybrid options. Students have enrolled from over eighty countries and from all fifty states.

Significant accomplishments during his tenure at Piedmont include renovations in every building on campus, the development of a long-term articulation agreement with High Point University (allowing Piedmont education majors to earn North Carolina State Teacher Licensure), the establishment and accreditation of two international branch campuses, implementation of a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies delivered entirely online in Spanish, the successful launch of Piedmont’s Chaplaincy and Ph.D. programs, the launch of a seminary with M.Div. and D.Min. options, the creation of the church-based e4-12 program, and negotiations with three sister universities that led to their mergers with Piedmont (Spurgeon Baptist Bible College, Atlantic Baptist Bible College, and Tennessee Temple University). Networking has continued to be a key focus, and numerous partnerships have been developed with key churches, ministries and organizations across the United States and around the world.

Dr. Petitt is in demand as a conference and church speaker across the country and around the world. He has preached keynote messages in numerous national and international conferences, has spoken on five continents in churches of all sizes and has inspired students by speaking at commencement services for many universities, colleges, and high schools. Anyone interested in having Dr. Petitt speak should contact his Executive Administrative Assistant, Stephanie McKay at 336.714.7993 or at mckays@piedmontu.edu.  

 

Provost

Dr. Beth Ashburn


336.714.7956
Office: Deeds Hall D302
ashburnb@piedmontu.edu

 

Dr. Beth Ashburn has spent more time at Piedmont than any other person. As a young girl her family moved to Winston in 1967 and her father was inaugurated as president of Piedmont in 1970.  Her love for Piedmont began at an early age and has only grown over the years.

In 2009 Dr Ashburn became Provost and under her direction new academic programs have been added, the online school developed, the merge with Tennessee Temple took place and the school of leadership added. It is her goal to always maintain academic excellence and prepare the students well for effective ministry.

Beth has filled many shoes during her tenure at Piedmont. Her career began as a professor and has evolved into Chairperson of the General Education Division, Dean of Academics, Vice President of Academics and, since 2009, Provost. She currently serves as a member of the TRACS Commission and is a regular workshop presenter for TRACS and ACSI as well as other organizations. Beth is a strong student and teacher of the Word of God and her ladies’ Bible meetings are always profitable. She also is known for her infectious passion for excellence in all areas of her life.

 

Vice President, Temple Baptist Seminary

Dr. Barkev Trachian


336.714.7910
Office: Stevens Hall 207
trachianb@piedmontu.edu

 

Being born in Aleppo, Syria, of Armenian missionary parents and being saved at the age of seven gave Dr. Trachian a very early experience of the mission field.  After attending the American University of Beirut on a Rockefeller scholarship and earning a B.A. degree in English, he enrolled at Bob Jones University, where he earned an M.A. degree in Christian Education and a Ph. D. degree in Church Administration. He has also received College Board Certificates from Institutes at Harvard University and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at BJU, Dr. Trachian met and married Paulette Mullis, a professor of Home Economics with a B.S. degree from BJU and an M. S. degree from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Trachian has served as Registrar and Academic Dean at Faithway Baptist College in Memphis, Michigan and at Baptist University of America in Decatur, Georgia, as well as Dean of Men and Registrar at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He served as President of Temple Baptist Seminary in Chattanooga, Tennessee for twelve years.  He has served as a member of the Georgia Governor’s Committee on Private Post-Secondary Education and as a member and interim Chair of Tennessee Higher Education Commission.  He currently serves as a member of the TRACS Accreditation Commission.

Dr. Trachian was licensed to preach the Gospel and ordained as a deacon at Highland Park Baptist Church.  He currently serves as a deacon at Salem Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  His primary hobby is playing the violin. The Trachian's have four children and seven grandchildren. Dr. Trachian enjoys promoting PIU and investing in men and women with a passion for God’s work.

 

Vice President

Dr. Byron Edens


423.308.9652
Office: Grace Hall 204
edensb@piedmontu.edu


Dr. Byron Edens, Vice President of Piedmont International University, has over 38 years of experience in pastoral ministry spanning 11 different churches.  He also holds the position of Associate Professor and has taught for over 16 years in the disciplines of Expository Preaching, Evangelism, Pastoral Ministry, Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, Computer Technology and Business. Dr. Edens previously served as Executive Vice President of Tennessee Temple University before coming to Piedmont through the PIU/TTU merger in 2015. He also serves as the Chief Police Chaplain of Holly Springs Police Department in Holly Springs, Georgia. Dr. Edens is married to the former Theresa Ann Wilson of Miami, Florida. They have two children, Danielle and Philip, who are a part of their ministry.

Dr. Edens is a native of West Columbia, S.C. where he grew up and was licensed and ordained to ministry at Northside Baptist Church, West Columbia, SC. After graduating from Brooklyn-Cayce High School, he began his college education. He graduated with his Associates Degree from Midlands Technical College in 1979. He transferred to the University of South Carolina at Columbia and completed an Associate Degree in Commercial Education in 1982 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion and Psychology in 1984. He completed his seminary education at New Orleans Baptist Seminary earning a Master of Divinity in 2001 and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Expository Preaching in 2012. He completed further post graduate work at Walden University in Computer Information Systems and is completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from Piedmont.

Dr. Edens’ ministry of preaching and evangelism has allowed him to share the gospel in South East Asia, the Holy Lands, Israel, Jerusalem, Judea, Greece, Moldova, India, Africa, Russia, Cambodia, Japan, North and South Vietnam, Jamaica, Mexico, Dominican Republic and many other countries. He has a heart and passion to reach the people that Jesus challenged each of us to reach in all walks of life, especially to those underprivileged of the world and give them an opportunity to gain a Christian education. There is an old saying, “Man’s flight through life is sustained by the power of his knowledge!” Without the knowledge of Christ, the world is lost. The Edens' challenge is, “we must reach the world for Jesus!”

 

Executive Director of Enrollment Management

Mrs. Lynn Brady


336.714.7974
Office: Grace Hall G201
bradyl@piedmontu.edu

 

Lynn Brady came to Piedmont in August of 2015 and has worked diligently to increase enrollment.

 

 

 

Executive Director of Operations

Mr. Chris Ronk

336.714.7987
Office: Deeds Hall D214
ronkc@piedmontu.edu

After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2000, Mr. Ronk accepted a full-time position at Piedmont International University where he served nine years as Piedmont's Controller and Director of Business. While at Piedmont, he met the love of his life, Heather Nelson (a 3rd generation Piedmont alumnus) and was married in 2005. In 2009, the Ronks moved to Northwest Arkansas to assist in a new church plant. While living in Arkansas, Mr. Ronk rejoined the Piedmont family full-time in 2012 as the Director of Operations and CFO. The Ronks now live in Roanoke, VA where they are raising two wonderful boys, Ben and Daniel. Mr. Ronk continues to serve remotely from this location and visits the campus on a weekly basis.

In addition to his fulltime responsibilities at Piedmont, Mr. Ronk has served in various youth leadership roles for Salem Baptist Church (NC), LifeSpring Baptist Church (AR), and currently at Calvary Memorial Church (VA). He has also served as a board member for Baptists Equipping Nationals (NC) and Acts 2 Ministry (VA). Mr. Ronk regularly serves Piedmont’s accrediting agency (TRACS) as a Visiting Team Member during periodic reviews of other institutions.