Why secretary of department instead of president?

Why are the heads of the different departments of the executive branch of the US federal gov't called "secretary" instead of just president like in other organizations or agencies or like the president of a senate. Why then don't we say "secretary of senate"?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A President per se is a title given if voted by the majority.

    A Secretary (ex. Secretary of Defense) is a title given to an appointed official by the President where no voting takes place.

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  • Will
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Since they work for the President directly the title President would be too confusing if used for everyone in the room. The title "Secretary" enables everyone to know exactly who's in charge of whom.

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