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.

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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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  • Malvern Preparatory School Chooses Ian Harkness To Direct College Counseling Office

    ianharkness-websiteJuly 2015 — Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has successfully completed its search for a new Director of College Counseling with the appointment of Ian Harkness. Mr. Harkness is moving to the school side of college counseling after spending more than 10 years working on the college side, first as an Admissions Counselor at Elmira College (NY) and most recently as Associate Director of Admissions at Gettysburg College (PA). His role at Gettysburg also included spearheading an extensive communications campaign targeted at recruiting a diverse student body. Mr. Harkness also serves as the President of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling, a post that will continue through 2016. A native of Pennsylvania, he holds degrees from Elmira College and Gettysburg College. Malvern Preparatory School is an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young men that upholds the Augustinian spirit of Veritas, Unitas, Caritas -- "Truth, Unity, and Love." Founded > >
  • Clayton Marsh Appointed Founding Head of New Independent School in Northwest Arkansas

    clayton-marsh-websiteJuly 2015 — After a successful nationwide search, Dr. Clayton Marsh has been selected to guide the creation of a premier 6-12 independent school to serve the diverse and growing region of Northwest Arkansas. Most recently, Dr. Marsh served as Deputy Dean of the College at Princeton University (NJ), a job which involved overseeing all matters related to undergraduate education. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Marsh served as University Counsel after spending several years working in the legal field. He also has classroom experience, having previously served as a lecturer in the English department at Princeton as well as an English faculty member at The Lawrenceville School (NJ). Dr. Marsh holds degrees from the University of Michigan Law School, Columbia University, Stanford University, and Princeton University. The new school, with a projected opening date of fall 2017, will offer an academically rigorous and > >