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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  • The Ellis School Appoints Macon Finley as New Head

    finley_macon-002October 2016The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has announced the appointment of Macon Finley as its next Head of School. Ms. Finley will join Ellis from John Burroughs School in St. Louis, where she has been Assistant Head of School since 2012. She has been an educator at John Burroughs since 2000, previously serving as the Director of Academics, the Principal for grades 7 and 8, and a mathematics teacher. Among her many accomplishments at John Burroughs, Ms. Finley led the development of cross-curricular STEM initiatives tied to the building of a new center for science, engineering, computer science, and library programs. Before joining John Burroughs, she worked in product management at Ralston Purina, as a Market Research Analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and as a researcher in biostatistics at Washington University in St. Louis > >
  • Josh Cobb Appointed Next Head of Graland Country Day

    josh-cobbSeptember 2016 — Congratulations to Graland Country Day School in Denver, Colorado, and Head of Middle School Josh Cobb, who has been appointed Graland’s next Head of School. He will immediately become the Associate Head of School, transitioning to the headship on July 1, 2017. He succeeds retiring Head of School Veronica (Ronni) McCaffrey. A former classroom teacher, Mr. Cobb joined the Graland faculty in 2002 and began serving as Head of Middle School in 2010. He holds a master’s degree in private school leadership from Columbia University's Klingenstein Center as well as a master of arts degree in literature and a bachelor of arts degree in English, both from Middlebury College. Founded in 1924, Graland Country Day School ranks among the nation’s largest and most highly respected PS-8 independent schools. Serving 700 students on its beautifully landscaped and well-equipped 7.5-acre campus, Graland prepares > >