Great Southern Bank Appoints Earl A. Steinert Jr. to Boards of Directors

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--()--Feb. 18, 2004--Great Southern Bank and its holding company, Great Southern Bancorp Inc., (NASDAQ:GSBC), announced that Earl A. Steinert Jr. has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the bank and the holding company.

With more than 40 years of business experience, Steinert is a practicing Certified Public Accountant. He is co-owner of EAS Investment Enterprises Inc., which owns two Hampton Inns and a Hampton Inn and Suites.

Great Southern President and CEO Joseph W. Turner said: "We are pleased that Mr. Steinert has joined our boards. His business and financial expertise will serve us well."

Steinert graduated from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Missouri Society of CPA's.

The addition of Steinert brings the total number of directors to seven. Other members of the Great Southern boards include Chairman William V. Turner, President Joseph W. Turner, William E. Barclay, Julie T. Brown, Thomas J. Carlson and Larry D. Frazier.

Great Southern Bank offers banking, investment, insurance and travel services. Great Southern is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, and operates 29 full-service branches and more than 130 ATMs throughout southwest and central Missouri. The company also serves lending needs in metropolitan Kansas City through its Kansas City-based loan production branch and in the Northwest Arkansas region through its loan production office in Rogers, Arkansas.

Contacts

Great Southern Bank
Kelly Polonus, 417-895-5242
kpolonus@greatsouthernbank.com
www.greatsouthernbank.com

Contacts

Great Southern Bank
Kelly Polonus, 417-895-5242
kpolonus@greatsouthernbank.com
www.greatsouthernbank.com