However, if you read the article, you'll see that the authors of the department-assigned text are the chair and vice-chair of the department. Which is largely unethical in my opinion. (But don't get me started on ethics and the textbook industry...)
Isn't that how all textbook decisions are made? I remember our awful CompSci books were written by the department chairs. I won't have cared that much had we not concluded the department head was senile.
Nobody considers himself to be one.
Dennis Leary very publicly proclaims himself to be one.
The hardest part of climbing the ladder of success is getting through the crowd at the bottom.