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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  • Peddie School Names Next Assistant Head for Development

    K-VellaMarch, 2018—Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ, has appointed Karyn Vella as the next Assistant Head of School for Development. Since 2012, Karyn has been Assistant Head for External Affairs, Campaign Director, and Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, NY. Previously, she was Director of Annual Giving at Winchester Thurston School and has worked at Shady Side Academy, Brophy College Preparatory, Bryn Mawr School, and Oldfields School in a variety of roles. Karyn is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College. Founded in 1864, Peddie School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school of 550 students, grades 9 through post-graduate. It is primarily a boarding school, with 63 percent of the students and 90 percent of the faculty living on campus. Among the nation’s premier boarding and day schools, Peddie > >
  • Annunciation Orthodox School Appoints New Head of Middle School

    Heather Haas photoFebruary, 2018Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston, TX, has announced that Heather Haas will be the next Head of Middle School. Heather is currently the Middle School Science Department Chair at the Greenhill School in Dallas where she has been for the past five years. Prior to Greenhill, Heather taught social studies, science, and math in both the Lewisville ISD and Houston ISD school systems.  She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences from Texas A&M and will complete her Masters in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in April 2019. Established as a ministry of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in 1970 and separately incorporated in 1990, Annunciation Orthodox School today ranks among Houston’s leading independent schools, serving nearly 700 boys and girls from age three through grade eight. AOS provides a challenging, well-rounded academic curriculum within a nurturing Christian environment focused on family and > >