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Meet John W. Scott
Interim CEO

John Scott retired in 2016 after serving 25 years as the President and CEO of Interfaith Housing Services, Inc. (IHS) in Hutchinson, Kansas. John and his family moved to Hutchinson in 1990, and helped with the startup and development of IHS in response to the need for affordable housing and housing repair in Reno County, KS. During his 25 year tenure, IHS grew from serving one county to offering programs and services State wide with offices in Hutchinson, Dodge City and Anthony. Through his leadership, IHS established 5 housing programs, helping thousands of people to enjoy a better quality of life by meeting their housing needs. These programs included: Homeowner Occupied Repair and Rehabilitation, First Time Homeownership, rental housing development and management in multiple rural counties, the Weatherization Program involving one quarter of the State, and a state wide Individual Development Account (IDA) program. These programs were funded through a combination of private donations and a variety of State and Federal funding sources.


John, together with his team were instrumental in getting Kansas Legislation passed that improved the property tax position for affordable housing, and in increasing the Kansas IDA Tax Credits from 50% to 75%. He has also worked closely with the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation to establish an expand some of the Kansas Housing initiatives. 


John holds a degree in Business from Bethel College, Newton, Kansas and is a graduate of the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence program in partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a member of the Hutchinson Executives Association, an alumni of Leadership Hutchinson, helped establish the City of Hutchinson's Housing Commission, is a past President of the Wichita Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. John has also held workshops and seminars at state and national conferences in both housing and fundraising. 


John was twice recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Hutchinson Civitan Club and upon retirement was awarded the Kansas Ad Astra Award for Lifetime Achievement. The City of Hutchinson dedicated September 6, 2016 as John W. Scott Day and the IHS Board of Directors renamed a housing program to the John W. Scott Homeowner Occupied Repair & Rehabilitation Program. 


John was raised in Africa as a son of missionary parents, and spent 13 years with his wife and family as missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). While there, he designed and built hospitals, roads, bridges, airfields, schools, churches and houses. 

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