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Ameriana Bancorp (NASDAQ: ASBI), parent company for Ameriana Bank, today announced that Michael L. Wenstrup has been named Chief Credit Officer for Ameriana Bank. Prior to joining Ameriana Bank, Wenstrup worked for approximately 10 years with Parkway Bank & Trust Company, a $2.1 billion financial institution with 40 branches in Illinois and Arizona. Most recently serving as Executive Vice President - Chief Credit Officer and Director, he was responsible for overall credit management, lending and risk analysis, including FDIC/State exams. Wenstrup also oversaw internal and regulatory requirements for lending policies and procedures, as well as the management, expansion and monitoring of the loan portfolio. As a member of the Bank's Board of Directors and Loan Committee, he reported to management and the Board on credit-related topics and chaired the Loan Committee. Wenstrup's prior experience includes positions of increasing responsibility with LaSalle National Bank and Standard Bank and Trust, both in Illinois. Wenstrup received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Commenting on the appointment, Jerome J. Gassen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ameriana Bancorp, said, "Michael has a successful track record of leadership and will further strengthen our credit team at Ameriana Bank. His 34 years of experience in the financial industry and his extensive background in all areas of lending will be a valuable asset in both shaping and managing our Bank's credit policies and procedures. We welcome Michael to our management team and know that he will play an important role in our operations as we strive to improve the Company's performance in terms of soundness, profitability and growth." Ameriana Bancorp is a bank holding company. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ameriana Bank, the Company offers an extensive line of banking services and provides a range of investments and securities products through banking centers in the central Indiana area. Ameriana Bank owns Ameriana Insurance Agency, a full-service insurance agency, Ameriana Financial Services, which offers securities and insurance products through LPL Financial (Member FINRA/SIPC), and Ameriana Investment Management.