Office of the Provost
Dr. Connie Ledoux Book
Provost and Dean of the College
Phone: (843) 953-5007
Fax: (843) 953-7240
Dr. Connie Ledoux Book is the Provost and Dean of the College at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She is The Citadel’s second-ranking official, and is a tenured professor in the Department of English. Immediately prior to assuming her position at The Citadel, Dr. Book served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and member of senior staff at Elon University in North Carolina.
Dr. Book is a professor and researcher in the field of telecommunications. She has explored the pivotal role television plays in American society and public policy. She is the author of the book, DTV and Consumers, the first book dedicated to understanding how our nation’s transition to digital television impacted the general consumer. Dr. Book’s research has received five first-place awards from the National Association of Broadcasters educational group and several research grants. Her work included the first national assessment of municipal officials’ attitudes toward cable television oversight and the subsequent national assessment of municipal cable administrators’ attitudes toward cable television oversight. Her work has been published in legal and academic journals. Dr. Book has appeared on panels at the Federal Communications Commission, the National Cable Television Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors and regional cable television associations. She is often invited to lecture and moderate discussions on telecommunications issues.
While at Elon University, Dr. Book's primary responsibilities included providing leadership in the following areas: general education, the Elon experience (student engagement), academic advising, career services, leadership and professional development, faculty development fellows, academic and residential facilities ($174 million in construction), athletic academic advising, and domestic study programs.
Dr. Book served in the President's office as a faculty advisor and fellow to the President from 2008-2010 to develop the university's current strategic plan, the Elon Commitment. Since 2010 she has worked to help the university realize several of the outlined goals. This includes strategically working to diversify the faculty, staff and curriculum, becoming the nation’s leader in high impact practices that lead to student success and launching an innovative domestic study program—Study USA.
As part of overall academic excellence, Dr. Book worked to launch new academic pathways, such as a 4+1, master’s degree in interactive media, and a new School of Health Sciences which included a master of physician assistant studies program. Additionally, Dr. Book has worked to develop a residentially focused campus with enhanced construction of student housing (1400 new beds in seven neighborhoods), a living/learning-based course initiative, and faculty-in-residence program. In 2011, Dr. Book led the university in a redesigned career services initiative (Student Professional Development Center) which included a new fundraised facility, enhanced programming, and innovation in employer relations. Elon University now outpaces the nation in employment and graduate school acceptance at the time of graduation by 20 percentage points.
Dr. Book is an avid supporter of transparency in government. She worked to endow the Sunshine Center at Elon University which is dedicated to furthering education about open meetings and records in North Carolina. She then served as the founding executive director of the Center.
Dr. Book is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Louisiana State University, master’s degree in Education from Northwestern State University, and a Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Georgia.