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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  • Ed Ellison Appointed to Lead Cape Fear Academy

    Edward EllisonOctober 2019 — Ed Ellison has been named the next Head of School at Cape Fear Academy beginning July 2020. Ed's independent school career spans nearly three decades, and most recently, he joined the higher education ranks, serving as the executive director for the office of alumni relations at Tufts University. For the past three years, Ed has served on the university advancement division's senior management team, responsible for the execution of a $1.5 billion campaign. Prior to his work at Tufts, Ed served for five years as Head of St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park, FL. Prior to this, Ed spent nine years at The Roxbury Latin School, where he served as director of finance and operations, taught math and economics, was Eighth Grade Class Dean, and sat on the Admission Committee. Ed also served for three years on > >
  • Harriet Tubman Charter School Appoints Shastity Driscoll as Founding Head

    ShastityDriscollJune 2019 — Harriet Tubman School of Science and Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, has named Dr. Shastity Driscoll its first Head of School. Dr. Driscoll served most recently as the Lead Middle School Education Director at Epiphany Prep Charter School in San Diego. An Atlanta native and a Teach for America alumna, Dr. Driscoll previously worked as the Principal Director of the Navy Child and Youth Development Program and Director of the All Souls' Episcopal Church Children's Program in Okinawa, Japan. She holds a B.A. from Oral Roberts University, an M.S. from Arkansas State University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California. Opening in August 2019, Harriet Tubman School of Science and Technology will use a data-driven model to create student academic success and build lifelong career skills in technology and computer science for educationally disadvantaged students. Initially serving > >