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:

  • Indian Springs School Launches Search for Next Director

    Indian Springs logoAugust 2015 — Wickenden Associates is honored to be working once again with Indian Springs School in its search for a new Director (Head of School) for July 2016. We last partnered with the school in 2008, when current Director Gareth Vaughan was appointed. Situated on a beautiful 350-acre campus 16 miles from downtown Birmingham, Alabama, Indian Springs is a coeducational day-boarding school serving 299 students in grades 8-12. Founded in 1952, Indian Springs is dedicated to the mission of developing in students a love of learning, a sense of integrity and moral courage, and an ethic of participatory citizenship. Inspired by the motto Learning Through Living, this community of talented students and dedicated faculty is committed to the belief that in learning to balance individual achievement with the values and principles of democracy, the student can develop to his or her full > >
  • St. Francis Episcopal Day School Seeks Upper School Founding Head

    st. francis edsAugust 2015 — We are pleased to be partnering with St. Francis Episcopal Day School in Houston, Texas, in the search for a founding Head of Upper School. Founded in 1952, this coeducational day school of more than 840 students, pre-primary to grade 8, has announced plans to add an upper school. The founding division head will join St. Francis in July 2016, with the inaugural 9th-grade class scheduled for fall of 2018. Jim Wickenden and Pete Gillin will lead the search for Wickenden Associates. For additional information about this exciting opportunity and details of the application process, please request the opportunity statement.