Testimonials

UNSOLICITED COMMENTS FROM SCHOOLS WE’VE SERVED

I want to tell you again that the entire Search Committee could not have been more impressed with the completeness and thoroughness of everything your firm put together on the entire candidate pool. Jim, you run a first‐class operation and have surrounded yourself with caring professionals. It has truly been a pleasure working with you and your entire staff throughout this process!” Williamson Free School

I want to thank you for the great work you did for us in this process. We are a unique school with many specific requirements for the Head, yet you sought to understand what we were all about and brought us candidates who were well qualified to lead the school. Your counsel during the process was greatly appreciated, especially your push at the semifinalist stage. . . I also want to compliment your staff. I worked with Susan and Monica; both were highly organized, prompt and professional in every way.” Summit Country Day School

I want to compliment you, Martha and the entire Wickenden team for a job well done. Your guidance and support throughout the search process was first rate, from planning the process, recruiting and researching the candidates, scripting the candidate interviews, and conducting the final evaluations. I think I speak for the entire Search Committee in saying that The Hill School would gladly serve as a client reference. Best of luck with your many future engagements.”The Hill School

Mahalo nui loa for holding our hands through this exciting process. I have advised the group that the success of this process has been in no small part due to your guidance and being able to gather such an impressive field of well-qualified applicants. I, personally, have also enjoyed working with you and your gracious and professional team.” Mid-Pacific Institute

The Assistant Head for Development search that your firm conducted for Peddie was superb and I speak for all members of the search committee when I commend you on the firm protocols and for Zach’s thoughtful and skillful work. To a person we would use Wickenden Associates again!” Peddie School

I was immensely impressed with the background checks your team did. Best reference work that I have experienced to date on any search that I have been connected with.” Harley School

In my office, core to our values is to do “first class business in a first class way.” It isn’t often enough that I have the opportunity to work with others who share that mission. To have had the pleasure to experience it consistently with everyone at the Wickenden organization throughout our long day’s journey has been an enormous privilege, for which I am extremely grateful. Without exception, each of you is so clearly intelligent, experienced, focused and charming that I quickly learned that contact with any of you is always an enriching experience. . . . We are all better for the contribution that you make to American education, and for the manner in which you make it.” Horace Mann School

What a pleasure it was to have worked with you and your organization for the past four months. The professionalism started right with the first contact. . .and each step along the way from the contract, brochures, the guidebook, the site visit, listening to our needs and brief timetable, and the execution of the agreed plan of action through the interview process to the final result was a most positive experience. The counseling (maybe handholding) was just enough to guide us along our way and yet provided us the opportunity to make our own decisions. The choice of candidates was good and [we were] very impressed with the thoroughness of the reference checking right from the start. . . . Please extend to each and every one of your staff my personal thanks for a job well done with the highest degree of professionalism under very short timeframes.” Anglo-American School of Moscow

COMMENTS FROM CANDIDATES INVOLVED IN OUR SEARCHES

While I understood that I was not your client – the school was – I always felt fairly and responsively treated. Even though I was on a different continent and in a different time zone, you kept me appropriately informed about both the progress of the search and the school. Your encouragement (or was it insistence?) that the school look at itself carefully before embarking on the search was vitally important and has been of continued value. This reflection helped to ensure that surprises were minimized and the match between the school’s needs and the candidate’s capabilities was a good one.”

I found your description of the school, the Board, and the culture of the school community to be accurate and on target. While you obviously portrayed everything in a positive light, you were direct and candid about several important issues at the school. When I took the job, I was not confronted with any hidden surprises because of your candor and because of the interview process you helped develop.”

I (and many of my references) was impressed by the time, care, and energy that Wickenden Associates invested in conducting a thorough process.  I have heard nothing but glowing praise regarding the [reference] questions that your team has asked and the thoroughness of your process! Your team certainly has my recommendation to any and all who inquire!”

The initial flurry of announcements and activity has subsided, but my excitement about taking on the headship continues to grow as the transition begins. I want to take advantage of the lull to thank you again for your help and for constructing a search process that in and of itself provided exceptional professional development for me and, no doubt, exceptional growth for the two “Wickenden schools” I visited. The classiness of your organization was apparent both at the search sites and back in the office as Monica managed details and your reference‐checking team kept my references, and others, hopping for weeks. Finally, I have to applaud your persistence. I realize that my current elation is partially a product of all the “I’m calling to try to disrupt your life again” phone calls I’ve received from you over the years. I’m glad I waited for this opportunity, but I’m equally glad you kept on calling.”

Thanks for letting me know the status of my application. I have appreciated the promptness and tone of your correspondence throughout this process. I’ve only worked with one other organization like yours, but the difference was like night and day. You are the “day.”

I believe that the professionalism by all the members of the staff were what I found most impressive. Dr. Wickenden did a superb job coaching me through the process and keeping me in the loop. I found Linda’s emails encouraging and informative. The TLC that you gave me throughout the process was very much appreciated.”

Thank you! This is the first time anyone from a placement agency has taken the time to offer me any constructive criticism! This is very helpful and a blessing. I will keep this in mind for future applications.”

I want to compliment you on the professional standards you have established in terms of both information and correspondence. I have been in this business for 25 years and have utilized virtually every independent school employment agency. I am aware of no agency that even approaches your standards in terms of individual attention and follow‐up to the applicant. Your prompt notification and thoughtful professional correspondence represent the best in the business.”