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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  • Park Tudor School Appoints Gareth Vaughan

    gareth-vaughanThe Park Tudor School Board of Directors has selected Gareth Vaughan to become its new Head of School in July 2017. Mr. Vaughan is the former eight-year Director (Head of School) of Indian Springs School in Birmingham, Alabama. Earlier in his career, he served as a faculty member, Dean of Students, and Upper School Head at Washington International School in the District of Columbia. A dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom, Mr. Vaughan studied biology at the University of York before earning a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of London. He holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. Park Tudor School in Indianapolis is the premier independent college preparatory school in Indiana. Created in 1970 through the merger > >
  • Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School Names New Head

    williamdonohuecropNovember 2016William M. Donohue, Ed.D., will be the next Head of School at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City. Dr. Donohue is the Superintendent of Schools for the Byram Hills School District in Armonk, New York, a post he has held since 2012. He previously served as Assistant Superintendent and as Principal of Byram Hills High School. Dr. Donohue is a graduate of the University of Maryland. He holds an M.Ed. in Counseling from The George Washington University, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration from Harvard University, and a doctoral degree in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School is one of the nation’s oldest private schools and the largest independent school in Manhattan. CGPS offers a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory education to more than 1,300 > >