Raised on the island of Saipan, as well as in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Aaron J. Kleist completed his doctorate degree in Old English literature at the University of Cambridge before coming to Biola in 2001. His research on reconstructing medieval texts through digital editions brought him a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and posting as a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge in 2004. His work also led him to direct a National Endowment for the Humanities’ Collaborative Research Grant from 2006–2011 and allowed him to return to Cambridge as a Life Fellow of Clare Hall. In 2008, he served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and at the University of Munich later in 2011. Kleist currently directs the IRIS program, an interdisciplinary general education program involving over three dozen professors from sixteen disciplines. He cultivates new programs across and beyond Biola's campus, particularly those involving new developments in digital education, as the Associate Provost of Academic Innovation.