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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The Latest:

  • 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 John Thomas Dye School Appoints Director of Advancement

    kate merrittApril, 2018The John Thomas Dye School has named Kate Merritt as its next Director of Advancement. Since 2014, Ms. Merritt has served as Associate Director of Advancement for Annual Fund and Alumni Programs at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously she held a number of positions at Cate School in Carpinteria, California, including Parent Fund and Events Manager and Research and Special Projects Assistant. She holds a B.S. in Communications from Wakeforest University. Founded in 1929 and ranking among the nation’s premier independent elementary schools, The John Thomas Dye School provides 336 students in grades K-6 an educational experience that is both traditional and dynamic. Situated atop a wooded canyon on a charming 10-acre campus in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, JTD has offered generations of young people an idyllic environment for learning.