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R. Parrish Little Joins HomeTrust Bank as Chief Risk Officer

ASHEVILLE, N.C., March 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:HTBI), the holding company for HomeTrust Bank, N.A. (the "Bank"), announced today that the Bank has hired R. Parrish Little as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. Little will lead Enterprise Risk Management for the Company.

"Parrish Little's broad knowledge of banking combined with his achievements in Enterprise Risk Management make him the right fit at the right time for our Bank," said Dana Stonestreet, Chairman, President and CEO. "We are pleased to have him on board as a member of our senior leadership team."

Parrish Little earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University and has earned the following professional certifications: Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Bank Auditor (CBA), and Certified Risk Professional (CRP – Audit Emphasis). He has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry serving in internal audit and risk management leadership positions. He began his career in banking with Citizens & Southern National Bank (Bank of America) in Columbia, S.C. as an Auditor. In 1995 he managed and led audit initiatives with Fleet Financial Group's (Bank of America) mortgage lending operations. He served in several leadership roles with Bank of America in Greensboro and Charlotte, N.C. from 1997 to 2007, during which time he was promoted to Senior Vice President. He joined First Citizens Bank and Trust in Columbia, S.C. as Director of Risk Management in 2008. In his most recent role, Little served as Chief Audit Executive of First Citizens Bank and Trust where he directed the Bank's Internal Audit team. He has served in various leadership positions and on the boards of local chapters of the Institute of Internal Auditors and currently serves on the board of the Risk Management Association's Operational Risk Forum. He is an active community volunteer, including faith-based community initiatives, and has served on the Mental Health America of South Carolina's board for the past three years.

"It's an exciting time to join HomeTrust Bank," said Parrish Little. "HomeTrust has a long history of serving the community and is well-positioned for future success. I am looking forward to being part of the leadership team and delivering results that support effective risk management and financial growth."

About HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for HomeTrust Bank, N.A. As of December 31, 2014 the Company had assets of $2.64 billion. The Bank, founded in 1926, is a nationally chartered, community-focused financial institution committed to providing value added community banking through its 45 locations in North Carolina (including the Asheville metropolitan area, the "Piedmont" region, Charlotte, and a loan production office in Raleigh), Upstate South Carolina (Greenville), East Tennessee (including Kingsport/Johnson City, Knoxville, and Morristown) and Southwest Virginia (including the Roanoke Valley). The Bank is the 5th largest community bank headquartered in North Carolina.

Forward-Looking Statements

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WEBSITE: WWW.HOMETRUSTBANCSHARES.COM

CONTACT: HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. Dana L. Stonestreet - Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Tony J. VunCannon - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer 828-259-3939

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