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Mr. Vernon Stephens
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8534 Charleston Highway, Bowman, SC 29018

Vernon Stephens, who was selected by the Orangeburg County Legislative Delegation to replace longtime OCSD5 Board member and board chair Melvin Crum, is a native of Bowman and longtime education and civic advocate. Stephens is no stranger to school board leadership having been selected as a member of the Orangeburg County Board of Trustees in 1996, where he served until the county board was dissolved. He is a graduate of South Carolina State University, and retired from Federal Mogul Friction Products, where he served as an Area Operation Supervisor. Stephens has participated in a potpourri of leadership training, including Teamwork Facilitation Workshop, Blanchard Training and Development, Inc.; Dale Carnegie Management Training (1999, 2003); Ford Motor Company, Pull Production Control Training; Leadership Mastery Training, Federal Mogul; Boardsmanship Institute Training (Level 4), and The South Carolina Schools Boards Association. He has also volunteered his time to a lot of different service agencies in the county, including the Orangeburg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, which recognized him for service to the organization in 2003. Stephens is a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Bowman, and serves as chairman of the Trustee Board. He and his wife, Hilda, are the proud parents of five boys: Daimon, Vernon G., Edmond T., Spencer L., and John K.


578 Ellis Avenue | Orangeburg, SC 29115 | (803) 534-5454