On October 8, 2017, the Elon University Board of Trustees elected Connie Ledoux Book, provost of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and former Elon University faculty member and administrative leader, to be the university’s ninth president. Book will succeed President Leo M. Lambert on March 1, 2018, and is preparing for the presidential transition.
I am thrilled and humbled to be chosen as Elon’s ninth president. Elon is one of America’s greatest success stories in higher education, defined by excellence in academics, experiential learning, global engagement and close relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. It has been a great honor to be associated with Elon through much of my professional life and I return to campus with enthusiasm to work with my colleagues to write the next defining chapters in the university’s history. To serve this committed, hardworking, learning-centered community as Elon’s ninth president will be the greatest privilege of my career.
President-elect Connie Ledoux Book
President-elect Connie Book will return to Elon after serving more than two years as provost at The Citadel, where she has been responsible for all academic functions, including curriculum and instruction, research, accreditation, admissions and financial aid and academic support services. She has led strategic planning, chaired the Fiscal Review Board, and launched new programs in nursing, engineering, cybersecurity, intelligence security and advanced STEM education. She has also established an office for study abroad and domestic programs, an office for undergraduate research and the Center for Teaching Innovation.
Prior to joining The Citadel, Book served Elon with distinction for 16 years. As associate provost for academic affairs, she managed a broad range of academic programs and led the creation of the Student Professional Development Center and the residential campus plan. She previously served as presidential faculty fellow for strategic planning, concentrating on developing the Elon Commitment strategic plan. Book began her Elon career in 1999 as a communications faculty member and served as department chair and associate dean of the School of Communications.
President-elect Book was recommended to the board of trustees by a 16-member Presidential Search Committee, led by trustee Wes Elingburg P’11, that included trustees, students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff. The search committee employed a hybrid search model, with an open phase at the beginning allowing nearly 7,000 members of the Elon community to provide input via a survey and campus forums. In the second phase, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, a national higher education search consultant, contacted nearly 1,000 people about the search and assembled a pool of about 150 distinguished individuals, including many from the nation’s most elite institutions. The search committee selected and reviewed a group of top candidates and, following two rounds of interviews, selected two finalists to participate in the third phase, which included meetings and one-on-one sessions with more than 60 Elon trustees, faculty, staff, students, senior staff members and academic deans. Based on the results of this extensive evaluation process, the search committee unanimously recommended Book to the board of trustees.