Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation (NASDAQ:ACFC), the holding company for Atlantic Coast Bank, today announced that the Board of Directors of the Company has named G. Thomas Frankland to the Board. His appointment expands the Board to 11 members. Frankland has had a long and distinguished career with operating and financial experience with both public and private companies. Formerly a partner with the international accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, his diverse background includes experience in many key corporate areas, including financial services, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning and execution. Since 2006, he has served on the executive committee of Springboard Capital LLC, a Jacksonville-based venture capital fund focused on early-stage financing opportunities for emerging companies. From 1998 to 2006, he was Chief Operating Officer of CNB Florida Bancshares and later Mercantile Bank, both in Jacksonville and the latter being a unit of The South Financial Group. The South Financial Group acquired CNB Florida Bancshares in 2004. Commenting on the announcement, Jay S. Sidhu, Executive Chairman of the Board, said, "It is a pleasure to welcome Tom Frankland as a fellow director. Tom brings significant financial and operational experience to our Board, especially with respect to banking, where he has held top leadership positions with substantial organizations in the Jacksonville area. Accordingly, he also brings a keen familiarity of Jacksonville and a solid insight on this market's dynamics and opportunities. We look forward to his contribution to the work of the Board." Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation is the holding company for Atlantic Coast Bank, a federally chartered and insured stock savings association organized in 1939 as a credit union to serve the employees of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Today, Atlantic Coast Bank is a community-oriented financial institution serving southeastern Georgia and northeastern Florida through 12 locations, including a focus on the Jacksonville metropolitan area. Investors may obtain additional information about Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation on the Internet at www.AtlanticCoastBank.net, under Investor Information. This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements in this release that are not strictly historical are forward-looking and are based upon current expectations that may differ materially from actual results. These forward-looking statements, identified by words such as "will," "expected," "believe," and "prospects," involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements made herein. These risks and uncertainties involve general economic trends and changes in interest rates, increased competition, changes in consumer demand for financial services, the possibility of unforeseen events affecting the industry generally, the uncertainties associated with newly developed or acquired operations, and market disruptions and other effects of terrorist activities. The Company undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements publicly to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required to be reported under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.