Aaron Willis has served as the Director of the Bannan Forum since June 2018. His primary responsibilities include promoting the Jesuit, Catholic character of Santa Clara University through public lectures, seminars, and other programming targeted at students, faculty, staff and the larger public in Silicon Valley and beyond. Aaron received his B.S. in political science from Santa Clara, before completing his M.A. in history at Texas A&M University. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining the Ignatian Center, Aaron taught in the history department at Santa Clara.