Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina, Named To NBSC Board

October 23, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – October 23, 2008 – Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University Of South Carolina, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for The National Bank of South Carolina.

“We are pleased that Dr. Pastides has joined our board.  He shares the same commitment to South Carolina business and communities as NBSC.  He is a proven leader in our state and will be a valuable member and contributor to our Board,” said Chuck Garnett, NBSC President and CEO.

Dr. Pastides served as the Vice President for Research and Health Sciences at the University of South Carolina from 2003-2008 and as Dean of the University’s Arnold School of Public Health from 1998-2003.  Before joining the USC faculty, he served as a Professor of Epidemiology and Chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Pastides received his Masters of Public Health and his PhD in Epidemiology from Yale University.

The National Bank of South Carolina, founded in 1905, is one of the oldest financial institutions in the state.  NBSC, a provider of Synovus Financial Services, currently serves 27 communities in South Carolina from 46 locations and is one of the largest banks within the Synovus network.  NBSC’s Internet address is www.NationalBankSC.com

Synovus (NYSE: “SNV”) is a financial services holding company with more than $34 billion in assets based in Columbus, Georgia.  Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, as well as investment services, to customers through 34 banks, 440 ATMs, and other Synovus offices in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.  The company focuses on its unique decentralized customer delivery model, position in high-growth Southeast markets and commitment to being a great place to work to ensure the delivery of unparalleled customer experiences. 

See Synovus on the web at www.Synovus.com.