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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  • Episcopal Collegiate Names New Head of School

    ctompkinsEpiscopal Collegiate School in Little Rock, AR, has chosen Christopher Tompkins as its next Head of School. An experienced independent school leader, Mr. Tompkins comes to Episcopal Collegiate from The Perkiomen School (PA), where his leadership successes included expanding the school's endowment, implementing a 1:1 iPad program, and seeing the school's strategic plan to fruition. No stranger to the classroom, Mr. Tompkins has also taught a variety of history and humanities courses at the middle school and high school levels, both in the U.S. and abroad. Before his time at Perkiomen, Mr. Tompkins served for eight years as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Mercersburg Academy (PA). He holds degrees from Colby College and Syracuse University, and he has completed additional professional study at Columbia, Cornell, and Harvard. Established as a middle school in 1997, Episcopal Collegiate is an independent, college > >
  • Gary Krahn Appointed To Lead La Jolla Country Day School

    KrahnLa Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, CA, has announced the appointment of Gary Krahn as its next Head of School. Dr. Krahn comes to LJCDS from Trinity Valley School, a highly regarded K-12 day school in Fort Worth (TX), where his major accomplishments as Head of School since 2006 include a successful $27 million capital campaign, the development of a global communication initiative for all students K-12, and the launch of an industry outreach program combining art and engineering. Prior to his time at Trinity Valley, Dr. Krahn spent nearly 20 years as an educator at the United States Military Academy at West Point (NY). Dr. Krahn earned his Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, then proceeded to earn his terminal degrees in Applied Mathematics from the Naval Postgraduate School (CA). Among the top independent schools in > >