Mississippi Public Universities
Aubrey Patterson, President

Mr. Patterson was appointed to the IHL Board of Trustees by Governor Haley Barbour to a term ending in May 2015.

Mr. Patterson is chairman and chief executive officer of BancorpSouth, Inc., a $11.8 billion-asset bank holding company whose subsidiary bank operates 270 banking locations in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana.  Mr. Patterson has served as president and chief operation officer from 1983 to 1991, and as chairman and chief executive officer from 1991 to the present.  BancorpSouth is now the 47th largest bank holding company in the U.S.  Mr. Patterson is a graduate of Ole Miss and holds a Masters degree from Michigan State University.  He has completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin and is a member of several professional organizations, including Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi honoraries.

Mr. Patterson is active in local and civic affairs.  He has been president of the Tupelo Kiwanis Club and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.  For many years he has been active in the Yocona Area Council of the Boy Scouts, serving as a member of the Executive Board in various leadership roles.

In 1997, he was honored by election to the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame.  In 2001, he was also elected to the Alumni Hall of Fame of The University of Mississippi.  He and his wife, Ruby Kathryn, are active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo, where Mr. Patterson is a Ruling Elder.  He 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.).

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