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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  • Davidson Academy Appoints Head of School

    Joseph BradleyApril, 2018Joseph Bradley has been appointed Head of School at Davidson Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Most recently, Mr. Bradley served as President and CEO of Phoenix Christian in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously, he was Head of School at Dominian Christian Schools in Marietta, Georgia. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Colorado and an M.Ed. in Leadership of Educational Organizations from American Intercontinental University. Founded in 1980 as Madison Christian School, Davidson Academy has grown over the past three and a half decades to serve more than 730 students in grades PK-12. Guided by its commitment to providing a Christ-centered education for students throughout the Nashville area, the interdenominational school’s mission and purpose are best captured in its motto: preparing students for college, life, and eternity.
  • The Diocese of San Jose Appoints Superintendent of Schools

    Jennifer BeltramoMarch, 2018Jennifer Beltramo has been named the next Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of San Jose, California. Currently Director of Academic Excellence for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Ms. Beltramo has served as a teacher, school principal, and the Assistant Superintendent of Schools at the Archdiocese. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies, an M.Ed., and an M.A. in Educational Administration, all from the University of Notre Dame. The Diocese of San Jose is based in Santa Clara County, which is home to more than 600,000 Catholics. Serving the residents of Silicon Valley, the Diocese supports 54 parishes and missions, and three college and university campus ministries. The Diocese’s Department of Education oversees 34 schools that serve more than 15,700 students across 14 cities and townships. Harnessing the local spirit of innovation while remaining rooted in its > >