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.

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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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  • Michael Baber Selected to Lead Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School

    Michael-Baber-websiteNovember 2015 — Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School in St. Louis, Missouri, has announced the selection of Michael Baber as its next Head of School. A seasoned veteran of Sacred Heart Network schools, Mr. Baber will join the school from a yearlong interim Head of School post at the Schools of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau (LA). Prior to his appointment in Louisiana, Mr. Baber served Convent of the Sacred Heart (CT), where his varied roles over a 12-year tenure included theology instructor, advancement director, and assistant head of school. He led initiatives in curriculum development and strategic planning as well as a development campaign that produced $21.5 million for capital improvements. Mr. Baber holds degrees from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and Sacred Heart University. Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is made up of two schools: Oak Hill School, founded in 1973, > >
  • Friends Select Names Michael Gary as Head of School

    michael-gary-websiteNovember 2015 — Friends Select School has completed a successful search with the appointment of Michael Gary as its next Head of School. Mr. Gary has had a long, fruitful career in independent school admissions, working at institutions including Phillips Exeter Academy (where he is Director of Admissions), The Peddie School, and Pomfret School, his alma mater. At each posting he has also worked to increase and foster diversity in the student body. Outside of his school duties, Mr. Gary founded Inner City Lacrosse, an athletic program for inner city youth that helps them on the path to future academic success. He holds degrees from Trinity College and Harvard University. Founded as the first Friends school in 1689 and renamed Friends Select in 1885, Friends Select School offers a globally minded curriculum based in Quaker values and education. The school's 556 students in grades PK-12 are > >