Founded by former Princeton University Dean of Admission James Wickenden in 1986, Wickenden Associates ranks among the nation's premier independent school consulting firms. We serve schools large and small, coeducational and single-sex, boarding and day. Mirroring the broad universe of independent schools, our client list demonstrates our ability to tailor our services to the unique needs and values of each school we serve.

Each and every Wickenden Associates client benefits from the wisdom, experience, and energy of our talented team of consultants.

While best known for our Head of School search work, we are a multifaceted consulting firm. With more than 25 years of service to independent schools, we are proud of our ongoing relationships with schools and school leaders, many of whom turn to us time and again for a variety of services.

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The Latest:

  • Founding Head Opportunities with the BASIS.ed Network

    August 2016 — Wickenden Associates is pleased to announce that we are partnering with BASIS.ed, a highly acclaimed and rapidly growing network of exemplary private schools, independent schools, and public charter schools to recruit founding Heads for up to a dozen new independent and international schools that BASIS.ed intends to open by 2019. Contact Jim Wickenden and Laura Hansen to discuss these unique leadership opportunities and read our full position description here.
  • Head Search Under Way at John Thomas Dye School

    jtdlogoJuly 2016 — Consultants Jo Butler, Pete Gillin, and Jim Wickenden are visiting The John Thomas Dye School in Los Angeles this week to launch a Head of School search for July 2017. Founded in 1929, John Thomas Dye is an independent day school serving 336 students in grades K-6. Located on a beautiful campus in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the bay, JTD prepares students to meet the challenges of the future with an educational program that is both traditional and dynamic, guided by a commitment to the "five C's": Caring, Common Sense, Consideration, Cooperation, and Courtesy. The full Opportunity Statement will be available in August. Request it here.