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April 17, 2024 4:19 am

UMO Board Chair appointed president and CEO of KS Bancorp

University of Mount Olive Board of Directors Chair Earl W. Worley Jr. has been appointed the president and CEO of KS Bancorp Inc.

SMITHFIELD – The KS Bancorp Board of Directors has appointed Earl W. Worley Jr., president and CEO of KS Bancorp Inc., the holding company of KS Bank Inc. Worley currently serves as president and CEO of KS Bank and has 31 years of bank management experience.

He has served in his current role since January 2022. Worley has been employed with KS Bank since 1992 in various roles including serving as chief operating officer of the bank from 2010 until 2022.

“It has been my honor to serve as president and CEO of KS Bancorp for the past 32 1/2 years. As president emeritus, I look forward to consulting with the board and continuing to concentrate my efforts toward customer acquisition and service to the community organizations of which I am a part of,” said KS Bancorp President and CEO Harold T. Keen, who has served in that position since July 1990.

“We are pleased to promote Earl to the position of President and CEO of KS Bancorp Inc. as part of our continued leadership plan of transition. In addition, we are grateful to Mr. Keen for his years of service, and we look forward to working with him on a consultative basis as president emeritus,” said Board of Directors Chairman James C. Parker.

Outside of his professional career, Worley is chair of the UMO Board of Trustees, member and past chair of the board of directors for the Community Bankers Bank, a member of the Johnston Health Foundation Board of Directors and past chair of the board of directors for the Greater Smithfield/Selma Area Chamber of Commerce.

Worley resides in Princeton with his wife, Melissa. They attend Princeton Church. The couple has two adult children, Julie Beth and Will Worley III.

— From University of Mount Olive Public Relations