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:

  • Casady School Names Nathan Sheldon as New Head

    sheldonCasady School in Oklahoma City, OK, has appointed Interim Head Nathan Sheldon to the permanent post. Mr. Sheldon was hired at Cassady in 2003 and served as Chief Financial Officer and Associate Head from 2006 until his appointment as Interim Head in 2014, all the while working with students as a teacher, adviser, and coach. Prior to his time at Casady, Mr. Sheldon served as a financial administrator for a number of companies in and around Oklahoma City. He earned his bachelor's degree in Accounting from John Brown University and his advanced degree from the University of Oklahoma. Situated on 80 picturesque acres north of downtown Oklahoma City, Casady is the oldest and most established independent school in the capital region. The PreK-12 Episcopal day school strives to develop the minds, bodies, and spirits of 868 highly-motivated students.
  • Cape Henry Collegiate Begins Search for New Head

    capehenrycompassroseCape Henry Collegiate has announced the launch of a new Head of School search for a position to begin in 2015. Wickenden Associates is enthusiastic to collaborate with Cape Henry Collegiate once again, having led the search in 2002 that led to the appointment of the current Head, Dr. Jack Lewis. Located on a beautiful 30-acre campus five miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Henry Collegiate is the only independent coeducational college preparatory school in Virginia Beach, serving 900 students in grades Prekindergarten-12. Jim Wickenden will serve as the lead consultant for this search. Interested candidates should request the opportunity statement and contact Jim as soon as possible with any questions or nominations.