Walter Moreau to receive Cook Award at 2017 Matriculation


Walter Moreau, Executive Director of the innovative and groundbreaking non-profit Foundation Communities, will receive the 2017 Charles Cook Servant Leadership Award at Matriculation on Sunday, August 27th, 2017.

“Walter combines brilliant strategic thinking and a fierce commitment to values of justice and human dignity. His vision and effective leadership inspire us to be, know, and do as Christians in this time and place. I am so delighted that Seminary of the Southwest can give Walter this award and recognize his inspirational commitment and highlight the success of the work of Foundation Communities.”

Foundation Communities is an Austin, TX, nonprofit that provides affordable, attractive homes and free on-site support services for thousands of families with children, as well as veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. They offer an innovative, proven model that empowers their residents and neighbors to achieve educational success, financial stability, and healthier lifestyles. They own and operate 22 communities all over Austin and in North Texas. They provide affordable housing for over 2,800 families, including 228 formerly homeless children.

Moreau has been Executive Director of Foundation Communities for 25 years, building the nonprofit to be one of the most successful providers of affordable housing in the nation.

The Charles Cook Servant Leadership Award was created in 2009 by the faculty to honor their colleague and Seminary of the Southwest alum Charlie Cook on the occasion of his retirement from the Seminary. Charlie’s entire ministry–from his parish work, to his time as the professor of pastoral theology, to his continued devotion to the mission of the church–has been one continuous example of servant leadership. Each Fall,  another Academic Year begins, the community pauses to remember this common calling we have and to honor one who especially embodies the Christian commitment to selfless service on behalf of others.