Capitalize as a formal title before a name: company Chairman Henry Fordcommittee Chairwoman Margaret Chase Smith. Do not capitalize as a casual, temporary position: meeting chairman Robert Jones. Use “chairperson,” “chair” or “co-chair” if preferred by an organization. If plural, use “chairpersons.” It is acceptable to use “chair” when referring to an endowed professorship or position in an orchestra: She holds the Judy Smith Chair in Physics; He is the first-chair flute in the orchestra. Do not use chair as a verb. He runs the program; She presides over the committee.

See capitalization; titles of people.

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