chair·​per·​son | \ ˈcher-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce chairperson (audio) \
plural chairpersons

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A new chairperson for the committee has not yet been appointed. the chairperson will determine the order in which people will speak
Recent Examples on the Web Svetlana Zhurova, first deputy chairperson of the international committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, suggested an appeal was very likely and that a decision would be made when RUSADA meets on December 19. Ben Church & Ben Morse, CNN, "Russia banned from 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup over doping scandal," 9 Dec. 2019 The chairperson of the Baltimore County board is empowered to preside over board meetings, develop agendas with the superintendent, assign members of the board to various committees and ensure the superintendent is evaluated annually. Cody Boteler,, "Baltimore County Board of Education fails to elect leadership for the new year," 4 Dec. 2019 Christy and Larry Hierholzer, who were co-chairpersons of the entire weekend, were inducted into the prestigious Dream Makers Society at the gala. Kari Barnett,, "Flo Rida sings for Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County ‘Winter is Coming’ White Gala," 25 Nov. 2019 If a participant introduces new information during its presentation the committee chairperson has the authority to stop the call. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Micah Potter and UW officials are set to speak with NCAA on Thursday regarding his eligibility," 20 Nov. 2019 Just hours after engineers lost contact with lander, ISRO chairperson Kailasavadivoo Sivan broke down in tears. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Amateur Astronomer Locates India’s Moon Lander Crash Site," 5 Dec. 2019 Citing Maryland common law, board counsel Andy Nussbaum said Causey would remain in the chairperson position, and Henn would remain in the vice chair position. Cody Boteler,, "Divided Baltimore County Board of Education fails to elect new leadership; incumbents retain positions," 5 Dec. 2019 The officer also stepped down from his role as chairperson of a school's parent-teacher association after he was identified online, amid calls for his resignation, according to a statement from the school. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "We 'shouldn't have to give our lives:' Hong Kong protester shot by police speaks out," 23 Nov. 2019 Hosted by comedian Chris Tucker and helmed by chairperson Frances Robinson, the dinner and awards event raised $250,000 toward the building of a center for the RGF. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Berry Gordy & Smokey Robinson Feted by Ryan Gordy Foundation," 12 Nov. 2019

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Chairperson.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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: the person who leads a meeting, organization, committee, or event


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