He was elected Chairman to the board.


He was elected Chairman of the board.

Which one is correct?

  • He was elected AS the Chairman OF the board is correct.
    – Bella Swan
    Mar 29, 2019 at 5:44
  • @bella what is the reasoning here? I thought of is used to show the relation to something. Why to is used here? Mar 29, 2019 at 5:45
  • I can't point out the exact reason, that's why I didn't add it in the answers, Sorry :(
    – Bella Swan
    Mar 29, 2019 at 5:52
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    @BellaSwan you don’t need the before chairman . As can also be omitted. Mar 29, 2019 at 8:54

2 Answers 2


"Chairman of the board" is a title. Disambiguation here.

Your confusion may come from the similarity with other uses:

He was assigned to the team.

Here, the team is seen as one unit, and the new guy is seen still as an outsider, which needs to become a part of the team.

But in the "Chairman of the board", "of" is used in order to emphasize that the Chairman is not only related to the board, but also a member of it - from the first moment, after election. He may have been also a member of the board previously - and the just got a new title / position / responsibility.

Board = Board of directors.


Chairman of the board is a clearly defined role, a named position within an organization.

She was proclaimed Queen.

He was elected President.

She was made CEO of the corporation.

He was elected Chairman of the board.

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