John W. Scott

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 only Reno County to offering programs and services state wide with offices in Hutchinson, Dodge City and Anthony.

Through his leadership, IHS established 5 key program helping thousands of people to enjoy a better quality of life. 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 and expand some of the Kansas housing initiatives.

John holds a degree in Business from Bethel College, Newton, Kansas.  Through the National Development Council, he became certified as an Affordable Housing Development Finance Professional (AHDFP).  John studied Executive Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. Through training at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching he is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) and a CORE Leadership Dynamics Specialist.  

Before moving to Paola, KS he was a member of the Hutchinson Executives Association, an alumnus 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.  John has also held workshops and seminars at state and national conferences on topics ranging from program development, leadership, organizational culture, affordable 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 in his honor

John was raised in Africa as the 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, and houses.