Originally Posted by jshrack
As a Grammar Nazi, I will point out that 'chair' is a verb.
It's definition is: to preside over something, often a meeting.
Anyone can chair but I agree it should be done by a board member.
I also contest that it should be done by a 'neutral' board member.
As for the other topic, I agree with Sean. Couldn't have said it better.
[chair] Show IPA
a seat, esp. for one person, usually having four legs for support and a rest for the back and often having rests for the arms.
something that serves as a chair or supports like a chair: The two men clasped hands to make a chair for their injured companion.
a seat of office or authority.
a position of authority
, as of a judge, professor, etc.
the person occupying a seat of office, esp. the chairperson of a meeting
: The speaker addressed the chair.
(in an orchestra) the position of a player, assigned by rank; desk: first clarinet chair.
the chair, Informal . electric chair
(in reinforced-concrete construction) a device for maintaining the position of reinforcing rods or strands during the pouring operation.
a glassmaker's bench having extended arms on which a blowpipe is rolled in shaping glass.
British Railroads . a metal block for supporting a rail and securing it to a crosstie or the like.
–verb (used with object)
to place or seat in a chair.
to install in office.
to preside over; act as chairperson of: to chair a committee.
British . to carry (a hero or victor) aloft in triumph.
(used without object)
to preside over a meeting, committee, etc.
get the chair, to be sentenced to die in the electric chair.
take the chair,
to begin or open a meetin
to preside at a meeting; act as chairperson