C. Stephen Oborn, Ph.D. began Oborn Consulting in June, 2009. Since it began he has been involved with over seven school districts, represented numerous clients and conducted in-service meetings with respect to research, direction and leadership .
He continues to operate Oborn Consulting and write and publish research articles.
.Dr. C. Stephen Oborn retired as Superintendent of the Ripley Union Lewis Huntington School District in Ripley, Ohio after serving seventeen years in that position. During those seventeen years he earned the John W. Vaughn Excellence in Education Award presented by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in Chicago, Illinois, the Outstanding Administrator Award presented by the State of Ohio Future Homemakers of America, the Leadership in Education Award presented by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and numerous other organizational citations. Dr. Oborn has been active on many boards in his community including: The Brown County Board of Mental Health, The Maysville Regional Hospital Board of Trustees, The Early Childhood Center Board of Directors, The Brown County Children and Family First Council and the Advisory Board of Shawnee State University Department of Education. In addition, he currently serves as a representative of Bellarmine University on the Commonwealth Collaborative of School Leadership Programs (CCSLP) composed of professors across the state preparing principals and superintendents. At his retirement, Dr. Oborn served a total of 23 years as district superintendent, four as a principal and one as an intern assistant. The remaining years he taught special education in Marion, Ohio. Dr. Oborn retired from public school service after a total of 36 years that included 28 years as a school administrator. Dr. Oborn, because of his extensive service, earned many state and national awards. Most notably, he was awarded the Ohio Commendation Medal by the Ohio Army National Guard and the Governor of Ohio. He received that award for his service to the community and the Ohio Army National Guard during the Ohio River flood of 1997. Other awards include district citations from the Governor of Ohio for 100% passage of the ninth grade proficiency test, personal citations from the Ohio General Assembly for leadership, and the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Ripley Future Farmers of America Chapter. Dr. Oborn was the Grand Marshall of the Ripley Tobacco Festival in 2007. For that honor he received citations from State Representative Danny Bubp and Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Jean Schmidt. Dr. Oborn has written many articles and presented at many conferences on scholar-practitioner and inquiry based leadership. He has written articles on early childhood education, teacher as researcher and contributed to several other articles on leadership and organizational design. He currently is completing work on a book entitled, "The Internal Terrorist." He also has research interests in leadership for schools of poverty and policy leadership involved in notions of social justice and reform. He is a requested presenter on educational change and teacher research. He served as an adjunct professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and he has been on faculty at many other numerous universities including The University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. He was one of only a few superintendents in Ohio to be certified as a Level II Pathwise™ trainer, and Dr. Oborn conducted training sessions in mentoring all over the State. Dr. Oborn earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Capital University in Speech Education. He earned his Master of Arts Degree from The Ohio State University in Educational Leadership, and he earned his Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Dayton in educational leadership with a concentration in synnoetics and curriculum. Dr. Oborn is a graduate of the Ohio Technology Leadership Institute and the State of Ohio School Leadership Institute. In 1999 he worked with the University of Dayton on the formation of a new Doctorate in Teaching, and a collaborative program that would facilitate action research between a university and district. The Ripley School District piloted the first program working with Ph.D. Candidates and The University of Dayton. Dr. Oborn currently serves as a Lead Evaluator with AdvancED, consultant and speaker. He also teaches and trains divers throughout the world in recreational/technical scuba diving. He is a saturation, cave and technical diver. He is also a commercial pilot, instructor and avid traveler.