First Merchants Corporation Elects F. Howard Halderman to Its Board of Directors

November 22, 2013

Howard HaldermanMUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) has elected F. Howard Halderman to the Board of Directors for First Merchants Corporation and First Merchants Bank, N.A. Mr. Halderman is President of Halderman Farm Management Service, Inc., a third-generation, farm management and real estate company headquartered in Wabash, Indiana, providing management services to more than 650 farms with market value in excess of $1 billion located throughout the United States and Canada.

Charles E. Schalliol, Chairman of the Board stated, “We are excited that Howard is joining the First Merchants’ Board and bringing his deep knowledge of agriculture and real estate to our team. These are core areas of focus for First Merchants and the communities we serve.”

Mr. Halderman added, “I am very pleased to join the leadership of this rapidly growing Midwestern bank. My hope is to assist the management team and its Board in growing our business in my areas of expertise - agricultural property management and real estate.”

In making the announcement, Michael C. Rechin, President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We are fortunate to have the opportunity to add a leader of Howard’s stature to our company as a new director. Agribusiness and its positive economic engine is historical bedrock for the State of Indiana and First Merchants. Adding an industry leader such as Howard to our Board allows us to serve the broad needs of this pervasive economic segment to our region of the country.”

A graduate of Purdue University and 2012 Distinguished Agricultural Alumni, Mr. Halderman serves on the Purdue University College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council, and locally as a board member of the Honeywell Foundation, Wabash County Hospital and Field of Dreams, Inc.