Coach Josh Howard, a Winston-Salem legend, attended Wake Forest University from 1999 to 2003, majoring in Sociology and minoring in International Studies. During his four-year stint, Howard was selected to first team All-ACC, led the Demon Deacons in points during his Sophomore year, was named ACC player of the year (2003), and his number (5) is currently retired at Wake Forest. He was drafted into the NBA in 2003 and played until 2012 with four different teams; seven of those years were played with the Dallas Mavericks. During his time with the Mavericks, he was chosen for the NBA All-Star team (2007) and named to the NBA All-Rookie second team (2004). Coach Howard has served with the Piedmont International Bruins since 2016 and was recently elected into the ACC Legends Class of 2017.
DR. Beth Ashburn
As a young girl Dr. Ashburn’s family moved to Winston-Salem in 1967 so that her father could undertake leadership of Piedmont International University. In the 50 years since, Dr. Ashburn has built her life and career as an educator in Winston-Salem. She earned her MA in English in 1985 and her PhD in English (Rhetoric and Composition) in 1996, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her career at Piedmont 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. She also is known for her infectious passion for excellence in all areas of her life.
Jeremy Pattisall is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. He completed a BA in Biblical Studies at Piedmont International University (PIU) and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University. Jeremy serves as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at PIU. When away from work he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. Jeremy and his family have been engaged in local volunteer work across Winston-Salem, with a special focus on south and east Winston-Salem.
Logan Philon graduated with his B. S. from Piedmont International University in the spring of 2017. He has led the Renewal Network since its inception in 2014 and spent a large portion of his time as a college student leading student involvement in the poorest areas of Winston-Salem, while studying poverty and forming the ideas that would become the foundation for the Piedmont Renewal Network. Logan enjoys reading, travel, and lives with his wife Heather in downtown Winston-Salem.