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:

  • Marlborough School Announces Search for New Head

    marlborough-logoMarlborough School in Los Angeles, CA, has announced a search for its next Head of School, a position to begin in July 2015. Marlborough, which educates 530 young women in grades 7-12, is celebrating its 125th year as the oldest girls school in southern California. Jo ButlerPete Gillin, and Jim Wickenden will lead the search on behalf of Wickenden Associates. Interested parties are welcome to contact the consultants directly with any questions or nominations. Prospective applicants should also email our Search Coordinator to receive the Opportunity Statement as soon as it is available.
  • Casady School Names Nathan Sheldon as New Head

    sheldonCasady School in Oklahoma City, OK, has appointed Interim Head Nathan Sheldon to the permanent post. Mr. Sheldon was hired at Casady in 2003 and served as Chief Financial Officer and Associate Head from 2006 until his appointment as Interim Head in 2014, all the while working with students as a teacher, adviser, and coach. Prior to his time at Casady, Mr. Sheldon served as a financial administrator for a number of companies in and around Oklahoma City. He earned his bachelor's degree in Accounting from John Brown University and his advanced degree from the University of Oklahoma. Situated on 80 picturesque acres north of downtown Oklahoma City, Casady is the oldest and most established independent school in the capital region. The PreK-12 Episcopal day school strives to develop the minds, bodies, and spirits of 868 highly-motivated students.