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End of an era — Patterson retiring from BancorpSouth board

BancorpSouthOne of Mississippi’s iconic bankers is finally calling it quits after more than 40 years of service.

Aubrey Patterson, chairman of the board of directors of BancorpSouth Inc. will retire upon the expiration of his current term. Patterson will serve as a chairman emeritus following the expiration of his term.

Patterson served BancorpSouth as president and COO from 1983 to 1990, CEO and president from 1990 to 1991 and as chairman and CEO from 1991 to 2012.

During a professional career spanning over 40 years, Patterson represented BancorpSouth with professionalism and integrity. From national leadership positions as chairman of the American Bankers Association and as a board member of The Financial Services Roundtable, a premier executive forum for leaders in the financial services industry, he was respected and called on by government leaders and industry peers across the country for advice and counsel regarding matters impacting the financial services industry. On a state and local level, Patterson has held numerous leadership positions in economic development. He also continues to be a statewide leader in education, serving as president of the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

BancorpSouth CEO and chairman Dan Rollins said, “(Patterson) is particularly proud of his work with the Boy Scouts, serving as Yocona Area Council Chairman and President. He is a recipient of the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards, and he currently serves on the National Board of the Boy Scouts of America. He previously served as a trustee of the BSA National Foundation. Aubrey’s family and faith have never taken a back seat to any of his professional and community service work. He is a ruling elder in his local First Presbyterian Church and has served two terms as a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and two terms as a trustee of Columbia Theological Seminary. Aubrey’s integrity and values have been an example for all of us to follow.”

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