SCI-Arc student group questions "secretive" hiring process for Diaz Alonso

SCI-Arc student group questions "secretive" hiring process for Diaz Alonso

Hernan Diaz Alonso (Xefirotarch)
Hernan Diaz Alonso (Xefirotarch)
Hernan Diaz Alonso. (Xefirotarch)

A collection of anonymous students at SCI-Arc calling themselves SCI-Arc Community have taken to Tumblr to express their concern over the hiring process for future school director Hernan Diaz Alonso. Their biggest complaint: the “extreme secrecy of the Director Search Committee.”

SCI-Arc campus (Geoff Nicholson)
SCI-Arc campus. (Geoff Nicholson)

According to the group, the committee, after determining that only one of the two candidates for the position—professor Wes Jones and Graduate Programs Chair Diaz Alonso—was “viable,” never followed through on its promise to broadcast Diaz Alonso’s presentation via live webcast.

“SCI-Arc was founded in 1972 by Ray Kappe in the spirit of ‘institution without walls’ literally and metaphorically, but it seems in 2014 we now have ‘walls, floors, and stairs’ due to the lack of dialogue,” the students have said. “The SCI-Arc community, especially the student body, should be engaged in this process…We would like to see at minimum level, both candidates be given the chance to present to the entire SCI-Arc community.”

SCI-Arc spokesperson Georgiana Ceausu said the Director’s Office had no comment on the group’s letter. She added that the search committee received it, but “no other actions or new decisions have been taken as a result.”

Diaz Alonso has been recommended by the school’s search committee to be SCI-Arc’s next dean, but the choice will not be official until the school’s board makes an appointment, likely in the next month or two.

Wes Jones (Cal Poly SLO)
Wes Jones. (Cal Poly SLO)