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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  • Cannon School Appoints Next Head

    Christopher Jones PHotoOctober, 2018Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina, has announced that Christopher Jones will be the next Head of School. Currently Associate Director of Schools, Director of Finance and Operations, and Interim Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Development at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Christopher is responsible for the overall administrative operations of Lab, including the budget and strategic planning; and he recently completed a $200 million renovation and expansion of the campus. Christopher received an A.B. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2002 and an M.B.A. from University’s Booth School of Business in 2017. He is a ten-year member of the International Association of School Business Officers and sits on the University of Chicago’s Emergency Management and Council and Employee Benefits Committee. Founded in 1969, Cannon School has quickly become a leader in JrK-12 education in Charlotte and the Southeast > >
  • The Agnes Irwin School Names Associate Director of Lower School Admission and Outreach

    Megan McHughAugust, 2018The Agnes Irwin School has appointed Megan McHugh to be the school's Associate Director of Lower School Admission and Outreach. Megan comes to Agnes Irwin from Holy Child at Rosemont, where she was Director of Admission. Previously, she served for six years as the Parents' Liaison at Holy Child as a member of the Advancement Office. Megan holds a B.A. in journalism from Temple University. Founded by Miss Agnes Irwin, the first Dean of Radcliffe College and the great‐great granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin, The Agnes Irwin School (AIS) has been a leader in fostering the intellectual and personal growth of girls and young women since 1869. Serving 606 girls in Pre‐Kindergarten through 12th grade, AIS is an independent day school offering a lively and stimulating environment in which to work and learn.