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Cornerstone Award Recognizes Leadership Expert and Humanities Patron

by University Relations

Lee Walcott and John C. Maxwell, M.Div. ’89, received the Cornerstone Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement, becoming only the second and third recipients since the award’s creation in 2005. The honor recognizes individuals whose lives demonstrate the highest levels of excellence in one or more of APU’s Four Cornerstones—Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service.

President Jon R. Wallace, DBA, presented the award to Walcott on January 28, in recognition of his support of cultural arts and education in Los Angeles during his 21 years as vice president, managing director, and trustee of the Ahmanson Foundation. The foundation serves the Los Angeles community by funding cultural projects in the arts and humanities, education at all levels, health care, programs related to homelessness and underserved populations, and a wide range of human services. The award pays tribute to Walcott’s influence on Los Angeles as a scholar, mentor, and facilitator.

Maxwell, an author, speaker, pastor, and APU alumnus, received his award on February 2 at the Pastors’ and Leaders’ Luncheon and Lecture, part of the Servant Leadership Institute Winter 2012 Conference cosponsored by APU in San Diego. Maxwell has trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide, including Fortune 500 leaders, military personnel, and members of the National Football League. He is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author with more than 20 million books in print, including The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.

“In recognition of their outstanding and distinguished leadership and service, the university bestows Mr. Lee Walcott and Dr. John Maxwell with the coveted Cornerstone Award. They represent a select few honored for serving the needs of our culture and society with God-honoring excellence,” said Wallace. “Mr. Walcott’s clear imprint may be seen in the advancement of art, literature, and education throughout the Los Angeles community for more than 40 years. Dr. Maxwell is internationally renowned for his leadership wisdom and insight, and has developed millions of seasoned and emerging leaders. I commend both gentlemen for their Christ-centered passion and dedication, and extend my heartfelt congratulations.”

Originally published in the Spring '12 issue of APU Life. Download the full issue (PDF).