FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNIVERSITY BANCORP PRESIDENT APPOINTED U.S. DELEGATE TO THE TOP GLOBAL SECURITY STANDARDS ORGANIZATION FOR THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, ISO TC68 SC2
Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 28, 2005 — University Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNIB) announced that Stephen Lange Ranzini, President & CEO of University Bancorp, Inc. and President and Chairman of University Bank, has been elected U.S. Delegate to the top global security standards organization for the financial services industry, ISO TC68 SC2, by the board of directors of Accredited Standards Committee X9, Inc. ASC X9 is the U.S. financial industry standards setting body under the International Standards Organization (ISO). Geneva, Switzerland based ISO is the de jure global standards setting body that has pioneered such famous standards as ISO 9000 (quality control) and ISO 14000 (environmentally friendly business activities). In the Financial Services, ISO has pioneered such everyday items as credit card magnetic stripe standards and ATM machine standards, so that we can use credit cards and ATM cards in millions of locations everyday anywhere in the world without interoperability problems that would otherwise hinder their widespread use. Other important ISO financial services standards include DES and Triple DES the current encryption security algorithm used in securing banking transactions worldwide.
Mr. Ranzini commented, “I am honored to be able to serve the financial services industry in this additional capacity and look forward to working with the global ISO TC68 SC2 working group to make it easier for consumers and businesses to use new financial services technologies that are truly safe, secure and privacy enhancing in their daily life. I have set a personal goal of making University Bank the single most secure bank for online business in the U.S. and working closely with some of the smartest and innovative people in the business will enable us to be on the leading edge as the best security solutions are innovated.”
Outside of his role as President and CEO of University Bancorp, Inc. and as President and Chairman of University Bank, and as Chairman of University Bank’s University Insurance & Investment Services and Midwest Loan Services subsidiaries, Ranzini serves as President and Chairman of both the Michigan Business Development Company and Northern Michigan Foundation, which are economic development organizations funded by the state of Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, respectively. In addition, he is Chairman of Jove Corporation, a publicly traded firm specializing in technology and financial services software development.
University Bancorp President Appointed as U.S. Delegate to ISO TC68 SC2
His other civic and professional associations include:
United Nations CEFACT TGB5, New York, NY, the U.S. delegate to the committee representing the United States, the de jure Standards Setting
Body of the United Nations establishing standards for international
Internet payment instructions in harmonization with the International
Standards Organization (ISO).
International Standards Organization (ISO) Techical Committee (TC) 68 (Financial Services), U.S. Delegate to the ISO de jure global standards setting body for the global financial services industry.
Accredited Standards Committee X9, Inc., Director and Member of the Finance & Audit Committees. X9 is the U.S. affiliate of ISO for financial services standards in the United States.
Financial Services Technology Consortium, Deputy Director of FSTC’s UVX (Universal Value Exchange) Project. FSTC is the collaborative research and development arm of the nation’s largest banks, the IT vendors to the banking industry and government agencies involved in banking. The UVX project is facilitating the creation of an industry utility to make it easier to pay and be paid using the Internet. Member, FSTC’s Security Committee and member, FSTC’s Counter-Phishing Project Steering Committee. The counter-phishing project is analyzing potential financial industry response to the proliferation of electronic identity theft attacks, including email based identity theft attacks.
Member of the Board of Directors, City of Ann Arbor Economic Development Corporation
Member of the Board of Directors, Washtenaw County Economic Development Corporation;
President of the Yale Alumni Association of Michigan;
Delegate, Association of Yale Alumni. The AYA is the international governance body for the Yale University Alumni Association;
Member of the Kingsley Trust Association, New Haven, Connecticut;
Member of Legatus, a worldwide, non-profit civic association of Catholic Company CEOs.
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Contact: Stephen Lange Ranzini, President and CEO
Phone: 734-741-5858, Ext. 226
Ann Arbor based University Bancorp owns 100% of University Bank which manages a total of $2.5 billion in assets. University Bank is an FDIC-insured, locally owned and managed Community Bank primarily serving the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti of Washtenaw County. The Community Banking operation focuses on local businesses, minorities and the non-profit communities. University Bank is the only financial institution headquartered in Washtenaw County to be rated “Outstanding” by the FDIC for Community Service and Community Reinvestment. Other Community Banking specialties include highly competitive deposit products for business owners, residential mortgages, commercial real estate lending and insurance, investments and money management through its wholly-owned subsidiary University Insurance & Investments, Inc. In addition to its Community Banking operations, University Bancorp specializes in mortgage subservicing and mortgage origination primarily serving over 160 credit unions (representing 1.75% of all credit unions nationwide) through the Bank’s Houghton-based 80%-owned subsidiary, Midwest Loan Services.
Any prediction of the future is inherently not assured. Investors should read the risk factors listed on pages 21 and 22 in the Company’s report on Form 10K for the year ended December 31, 2003 and any prediction in this release is intended to be covered by the Safe Harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.