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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  • Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School Announces Next Director of Development

    jenn-rhodesJanuary, 2018—Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School has named Jennifer Rhodes as its next Director of Development. Since 2013, Jennifer has been Director of Institutional Advancement at The Cathedral School in New York City. Previously, she was the Senior Advancement officer at Viewpoint School in Los Angeles and Alumnae Director for The Chapin Centennial Campaign at The Chapin School in New York. Jennifer Holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from Rollins College and is a graduate of The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut.

    Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (CGPS) is one of the nation’s oldest private schools and the largest independent school in Manhattan. CGPS offers a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory education to more than 1,300 students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. Relaxed, caring, and more academically diverse than many of its peer New York City independent > >
  • La Jolla Country Day School Announces Next Head

    joe-coxDecember, 2017—La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, California, has named Dr. Joseph Cox as its next Head of Upper School. Joe is currently serving as Interim Head of Upper School. Prior to his time at La Jolla, Joe was Headmaster at the Haverford School for 15 years. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Education and served as the Executive Director of the International Boys' School Coalition. Joe is a retired Army Colonel and served as a Professor of English at the United States Military Academy. Joe Holds a B.A. from Lafayette College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Lafayette College. La Jolla Country Day School is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood through Grade > >