Dr. Charles H. Stevens, pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC, established Piedmont Bible Institute to accommodate returning war veterans eager to begin long-delayed Bible studies.
Piedmont Bible Institute was officially chartered, and under the direction of the Board of Trustees, plans were formulated for the enlargement of facilities and equipment. John M. Deeds Hall was the first major project to be completed in accordance with these plans.
In response to the recommendation of mission boards and leaders in the field of Christian Education, the Bible Institute enlarged its faculty and expanded its curriculum to include a Bible College.
Piedmont Bible College became an accredited member of the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges, remaining affiliated with that organization until 2002.
Dr. Donald K. Drake became president, succeeding Dr. Stevens who had served as president since CU's founding.
Dr. Howard Wilburn succeeded Dr. Drake as president. Under his leadership, the institution was accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).
The first graduate courses were offered.
Dr. Charles W. Petitt was inaugurated as president of CU.
In conjunction with the establishment of the PhD program, Piedmont Baptist College experienced a name change, becoming Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School.
Atlantic Baptist Bible College in Chester, VA, merged with CU.
Recognizing its continuing dedication to a strong general education core, its expanding emphasis on graduate education, and its passionate commitment to international education and ministry, Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School became Piedmont International University.
Tennessee Temple University merged with CU, adding academic programs in leadership and in sign language interpreting.
Southeastern Bible College of Birmingham, AL merged with CU.
John Wesley University of High Point, NC merged with CU, resulting in the addition of the Patterson School of Business and the renaming of the School of Leadership to the John Wesley School of Leadership.
Desiring to honor the story of how several Christian colleges and universities came together to form a stronger institution, the Board of Trustees voted on June 24, 2020 to rename Piedmont International University as Carolina University.