ELON, N.C. — Officials at a North Carolina college have elected the provost at a South Carolina military college to become its new president.

The board of trustees at Elon University announced its selection of Constance Ledoux Book on Sunday to become the school’s ninth president. Ledoux was introduced to faculty, staff and students on Monday.

Book will succeed President Leo M. Lambert on March 1, 2018. Lambert has served as Elon’s president since January 1999.

Book joined the Elon faculty as assistant professor of communications in 1999. She was a member of Lambert’s senior staff from 2008 to 2010.

In March 2015, Book was named the first female provost and dean in 175-year history of The Citadel. She also leads strategic planning for The Citadel and chairs the Fiscal Review Board.

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