Jane Hedden Joins First Citizens as Assistant Vice President, and Underwriting and Processing Manager

February 5, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – February 5, 2008 – First Citizens is pleased to welcome Jane Hedden to its team as assistant vice president, and underwriting and processing manager. In this role, she will manage daily functions of mortgage processing and underwriting department, and oversee the approval process from loan submission to final loan disposition.

Hedden holds a bachelors of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and. Prior to joining First Citizens, Hedden worked as Director of Underwriting at NetBank. Hedden is an elder at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church.

About First Citizens
First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc., is the parent company of First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc., and The Exchange Bank of South Carolina, Inc. First Citizens Bank offers services in commercial and retail banking through its 166 offices in South Carolina and Georgia. As of Dec. 31, 2007, First Citizens Bancorporation had total consolidated assets of $6.08 billion. For more information, visit the First Citizens web site at www.firstcitizensonline.com.