The Winston-Salem Journal published an article on July 17, 2020, providing coverage about the renaming of Piedmont International University as Carolina University. The article discusses the historical origins of the university and the series of mergers with colleges in Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina to create PIU as the combined entity.
University leaders began discussing ideas for a new name in April 2019 and engaged in a series of consultations with stakeholders including students and alumni. After much debate and due deliberation, the administration finalized Carolina University as the new name. The decision to rename the university reflects the fact that it has its historical origins in the Carolinas but its aspirations transcend beyond the region.
From the article:
Dr. Pettit, President of Carolina University states beautifully how Carolina University benefits the University as a whole. Describing that the name embraces the university not just as one but a mix of Universities.
“Having a neutral name,” the university also said in its statement, “better enables us to tell the powerful story about how seven Christian colleges, universities and seminaries came together to create one strong university.”
Carolina University has added academic programs and grown its enrollment over the years through multiple mergers since 2004 with similar schools throughout the Southeast. Four of those mergers have happened since 2015. The latest took place in 2018, when the school combined with John Wesley University of High Point.
You can read more about the name change here.