a person who presides over a meeting, committee, board, etc.
the administrative head of a department in a high school, college, or university.
Despite such widespread acceptance, some organizations and publications do not use chairperson at all, usually on the grounds that it is awkward and that chairman is a well-established generic term. Many style guides advocate use of the term chair to designate the presiding officer, thus avoiding charges of both sexism and awkwardness: Jim will be chair of the entertainment committee this year, and Jane will be chair next year. See also -man, -person, -woman.
- chair·per·son·ship, noun
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How to use chairperson in a sentence
Ian Hogarth, the former cofounder of concert discovery app Songkick and now a prominent angel and seed investor, is joining Phasecraft’s board as chairperson.U.K. startup’s breakthrough could aid quantum computers in the hunt for exotic materials | Jeremy Kahn | December 10, 2020 | Fortune
When he resigned and became the chairperson, his wife took over as director.
The state’s Republican senators and assembly members largely oppose legalization, and the party’s county chairpersons in September passed a resolution to oppose the ballot question.New Jersey set to become biggest East Coast state to legalize pot | Rachel Schallom | October 29, 2020 | Fortune
That includes the chairperson of the House Natural Resources Committee, Raúl Grijalva.
At Politifest, Fletcher confirmed that if the Democrats take control of the County Board of Supervisors, they will take control of the chairperson role and be able to decide on the direction.Politics Report: The Election After the Election Is Underway | Andrew Keatts and Scott Lewis | October 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The chairperson at Doe's disciplinary was faculty member Dennis Conway.Is UMass-Amherst Biased Against Male Students in Title IX Assault Cases? | Emily Shire | August 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Art is resistance, said Freedom Theater chairperson Bilal Saadi.In Palestinian Theater's New York Performance, the Play After the Play is the Thing | Lisa Goldman | September 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
My candidate for Fed chairperson would be Janet Yellen, who runs the San Francisco Fed.