Constance “Connie” Ledoux Book has been elected Elon University’s ninth president.
Book, a former Elon faculty member and administrator, is the provost of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston, S.C.
The announcement was made by Elon Board of Trustees Chair Kerrii Anderson following the board’s vote Sunday.
“Connie Book has a deep appreciation of Elon’s history, culture, academic programs and student-centered values,” Anderson said.
Book will succeed President Leo M. Lambert on March 1, 2018. Lambert has been Elon’s president since January, 1999.
The trustees began a national search for Lambert’s successor after he announced his intention to vacate his role last February.
“This announcement of Elon’s first female president is a historic milestone and I invite all members of our community to welcome and congratulate Dr. Book on her selection,” Anderson said. She is the right leader at the right time, and we look forward to the ways she will advance our university.”
Book began at Elon University in 1999 as an assistant professor, eventually becoming a tenured professor, department chair, and associate dean.
She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Louisiana State University, a master’s degree in education from Northwestern State University and a Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Georgia.
Book will be introduced at a special Elon community gathering at 12:10 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9, in Alumni Memorial Gymnasium.