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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  • Harriette Brainard to Head Development Office at Foundation Academies

    harriette-brainard-webMay 2016Foundation Academies in Trenton, New Jersey, has named Harriette Brainard as its first Director of Development. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Ms. Brainard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College before embarking on a career as a teacher, coach, counselor, fundraiser, and communications specialist. She worked at Tulane University (LA) and the University of Pennsylvania as well as The Lawrenceville School (NJ) and Princeton Day School (NJ). Most recently, Ms. Brainard worked as a reporter and co-publisher for a media group in Middlebury, Vermont, that oversees a number of local newspapers and magazines. Foundation Academies is a charter school organization that serves more than 900 students in grades K-12 on two campuses. Foundation Academies prepares its students to attend some of the best colleges and universities in the nation while instilling in them the core values of caring, respect, responsibility, and honesty.
  • Kenneth Cheeseman Named Next President of Fort Worth Christian School

    ken-cheeseman-webMay 2016 — Fort Worth Christian School has concluded its search for a new President with the appointment of Kenneth Cheeseman. For the past 15 years Mr. Cheeseman has served as Head of School at St. Paul Christian Academy, a PreKindergarten-grade 6 Christian day school in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to his time at St. Paul, Mr. Cheeseman held a number of administrative roles spanning Kindergarten-grade 12 at a independent schools including Brentwood Academy (TN), McCallie School (TN), and TMI: The Episcopal School of Texas. Additionally, he has been the Chair of the Accreditation Board for the Southern Association of Independent Schools since 2005 and President of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools since 2012. Mr. Cheeseman holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Lipscomb University. Founded in 1958, Fort Worth Christian School  sits on a 40-acre campus in North Richland Hills, Texas, with a student body hailing from 30  communities. > >