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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  • EF Academy in Thornwood Launches Two Searches for 2015

    ef-academy-logoJanuary 2015 — EF Academy in Thornwood, New York, has begun a search to fill two positions for 2015, Deputy Head of School and Director of University Advising.  An IB world school with campuses in both the US and the UK, EF Academy provides a global curriculum combined with rich multicultural student life. The US program provides  a one- to four-year American high school experience to students drawn from 75 countries. Jim Wickenden and Peter Gillin will serve as co-consultants on this search. Interested candidates should visit our Searches in Progress page to request an opportunity statement for one or both positions.
  • Tuxedo Park School Selects New Head of School Todd Stansbery

    todd-stansbery-webJanuary 2015— Tuxedo Park School in Tuxedo Park, New York, is pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Stansbery as the new Head of School. Mr. Stansbery most recently served as Head of The Swain School in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for a number of positive changes, including a revitalized academic curriculum, improved physical plant, and the implementation of innovation, technology, and STEAM initiatives. He also helped grow the school's endowment by 600% over his eight-year tenure. Prior to his time at Swain, Mr. Stansbery was instrumental in the development of the K-5 division of Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Florida, from curriculum development to hiring of staff to management of the entire division. He holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the College of Wooster. Founded in 1900, the small-by-design Tuxedo Park > >