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. Click here to learn more about our mission, core values, and outcomes.

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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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  • Paul Chapin Appointed Head of Newark Boys Chorus School

    April 2019 — Newark Boy's Chorus School in Newark, NJ, has named Paul Chapin as the next Head of School. Paul has worked as an educator and administrator in Princeton Public Schools for the past 35 years. Currently a vocal music teacher at Riverside School, Paul also served as Acting/Interim Principal of the school from 2014-2016. In addition to teaching, Paul serves as an educational consultant to Princeton Symphony Orchestra, a Content Instruction Specialist at Princeton University, and works with Educational Testing Service in developing assessments. For the past 22 years, he has been the Music Director at First Baptist Church of Bordentown, NJ, and he has significant experience as a choral conductor and soloist. Paul received a B.M. in music education from Westminster Choir College and an M.S. in educational leadership from the University of Scranton. Established in 1969, Newark Boys Chorus School (NBCS) is an independent day school serving > >
  • Christopher Harper to Become Chief Financial Officer of Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, NY

    Chris HarperApril 2019 — Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, NY, has named Christopher Harper as the next Chief Financial Officer at the school. Christopher is currently Director of Finance and Operations at Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, IL. Previously, he was Associate Director of Enrollment Management at Latin School of Chicago, where he was also Apprentice to the Chief of Finance and Operations. Prior to his time at Latin School of Chicago, he was the Executive Director and Founder of Apex Elite Academy in Chicago, while also serving as a faculty member and coach at University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Christopher received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS) is a progressive PreK–12 independent school > >