Diverse: Issues in Higher Ed offers look at leadership of President Connie Ledoux Book

The article, "A Time to Lead: Constance Ledoux Book Leads Elon as its First Female President," detail's Book's professional path to the presidency and includes insights into her leadership style.

A recent article in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education profiles President Connie Ledoux Book, offering a look at her path to becoming the university’s ninth president and her approach to leadership in her current role and throughout her career.

The article by reporter Sarah Wood titled “A Time to Lead: Constance Ledoux Book Leads Elon as its First Female President” was published Jan. 22 and details her thoughts about becoming the first female president in Elon’s history.

“I recognize that when I’m working, there’s a lot of visibility to it because of the gender, being the first,” Book told Wood. “People are watching, particularly other women and female students. It’s a great opportunity and it also comes with that additional responsibility.”

Book talks about how she moved from broadcast journalism to academia, and how her experiences as provost at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, have benefitted her as she has moved into the top leadership role at Elon. The article also provides insight into how Book is approaching the presidency, including how her background in communications comes into play.

“I think communications is essentially the work I’m doing today too, much of my job is about processing ideas from the community and communicating Elon’s vision in higher education, what makes us a distinctive university,” Book told Wood.

Read the entire article here.