Randy Piland has spent thirty years as a photojournalist at four newspapers in Georgia, Massachusetts and Tennessee. Thirteen of those years he was a picture editor and senior photographer at The Tennessean in Nashville. While there, he initiated the transition from film to digital, helped establish the use of their digital archive system and was the lead digital imaging trainer. He has attended numerous professional workshops at the Poynter Institute, University of Missouri, Kalish Picture Editing, UNC-CH as well as others, and has served on several Western Kentucky University's annual Mountain Workshops. Piland helped establish and currently serves on faculty for the annual BSA Visual Storytelling Workshops at Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico. Piland has his master’s in Visual Communications from Ohio University and came to Elon in 2005.