Dr. Charles Petitt

Office: Grace Hall

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, Tennessee Temple University, Southeastern Bible College, and John Wesley 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 Price at 336.714.7993 or at  



Dr. Steve Condon

Office: Grace Hall

Dr. Stephen Condon was raised in Newton, Massachusetts, but has spent all of his adult life in the South, living and working in five different states. He received his education at Boston College, Florida State University, The University of Alabama, The University of Mississippi, and Harvard University.

After starting his career in education as a middle school teacher, he transitioned to Higher Education, where he served at several prestigious Christian Universities, in multiple academic and administrative roles. Dr. Condon has served as the Vice President of Huntington College, St. Thomas University, Reinhardt University, and LeTourneau University. He was also a successful coach and athletic director achieving national and international recognition by winning several national titles and a World Championship in golf, while also being inducted into several Halls of Fame, including the NCAA Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014. Prior to accepting the Chancellor's position at Piedmont International University, Dr. Condon served as the President of Tennessee Wesleyan and John Wesley Universities for ten years.

He has been married to Becky Allen Condon, a professional librarian, for 43 years. Together they have two grown children: Curtis Condon, an Atlanta businessman, and Alexis Condon, a college administrator at Appalachian State University. The Condons also have one grandchild, Mirable Condon, the daughter of Curtis and wife Rachel. He credits God and these family members for providing the love and support needed to achieve a lifetime of abundance, humor, peace, and success.


Vice Chancellor
Executive VP Academic Affairs, and International

Prof Sandeep Gopalan, D.Phil. (Oxon)

Office: Grace Hall G204
Prof Gopalan is the Vice Chancellor of Piedmont International University. He was previously the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Innovation at Deakin University, Australia. Gopalan has been a leader in legal education - serving as dean of law schools and a law professor in Australia and Ireland. Prior to that, he was an associate professor at law schools in the US and UK. Before commencing his academic career, he was an investment banker on Wall Street, and a lawyer.
Prof Gopalan has served as the Chairman of the Arizona Aerospace and Defense Commission, member of the Tempe Aviation Commission, co-chair of the American Bar Association Aerospace and Defense Industries Committee, and Insolvency and Restructuring Committee. He has also been a member of the ABA Commission on Immigration.
Prof Gopalan was educated at Oxford University (BCL and D.Phil.), where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and at the National Law School of India.
His legal research has been published in journals including at Georgetown, Northwestern, Columbia, Pepperdine, Buffalo, Rutgers, etc., whereas his business academic research has been published in journals such as the European Accounting Review.
Gopalan is a regular media columnist and has been published by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington ExaminerThe Hill, the Khaleej TimesAl JazeeraThe Straits TimesThe Australian, the Irish TimesIrish IndependentThe Indian ExpressTimes of India, etc. He has also appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows as an expert commentator.


Dr. Beth Ashburn

Office: Deeds Hall D302

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

Dr. Byron Edens

Office: Grace Hall 204

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!”


Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Chris Ronk

Office: Deeds Hall D214

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 three wonderful children: Ben, Daniel, and Abigail. 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.