I don’t think I am usually a nitpicker, but your Friday (Sept. 2) headline needs a comment. Two expressions have bothered me ever since I taught freshman English, after proper preparation at Chapel Hill. One of them is: “Board Names Ohioan As CEO of FirstHealth.” He was named CEO. The headline should read: “Board Names Ohioan CEO of FirstHealth.”
As in, “He was named president,” “He was named commander,” “She was named vice president.” One can serve as CEO.
The second one is: “vice president of human resources,” used widely in business. You could say, “HR vice president” or “vice president, human resources.” The title is intended to imply “vice president with responsibility for the organization’s HR function.” If you say “vice president of human resources,” that implies that there is a president of human resources.
There are a lot of vice presidents: HR, marketing, sales, research, finance, etc. Few, if any, of these functions ever have a president.
Yes, I probably have too much time on my hands this morning.
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