chair

In all publications, whether for internal or external audiences, use chair rather than chairman or chairwoman, as in Sally Ray, chair of political science. An exception: Use chairman of the board if the title is used by a corporation.

  • Use chairs as a plural for either chairmen or chairwomen, as in Bill Doe and Sally Ray are co-chairs of the subcommittee.
  • Do not use chair as a verb and as a synonym for such words as led, directed, headed or was in charge of, as in Bill Doe and Sally Ray chaired a panel at the annual meeting.
  • Capitalize only as a formal title before a name: Company Chair Sally Ray spoke at the event.