Alumnus Named CEO of Southern Bancorp, Inc.

CONWAY, Ark. (January 10, 2013) - Hendrix alumnus Darrin Williams was recently named chief executive officer of Southern Bancorp, Inc.

Williams, a 1990 Hendrix graduate, has been a member of the Arkansas General Assembly since 2008. He will assume his CEO responsibilities full time when the legislative session concludes.

He is a principal at Carney Williams Bates Pulliam & Bowman PLLC law firm. Williams is an alumnus of Little Rock Central High School, Vanderbilt University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

Southern Bancorp is the country's fifth largest community development bank and nonprofit affiliate working to revitalize mid-South communities and reduce poverty by improving education and economic opportunities for individuals and families.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.