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JWCC Trustees Approve Resolution Authorizing the Sale of the Kinscherff Center

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September 17, 2020

John Wood Community College Board of Trustees approved the resolution authorizing the sale of real estate commonly known as the Kinscherff Center to Zachary M. Tuley, Tuley Properties, LLC for a sale price of $125,100.00, during its regular meeting Wednesday, September 16.  The meeting was conducted virtually as permitted by the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JWCC President Michael Elbe stated, “Our focus has been to find an investor for the facility that will contribute to the momentum and value of the City of Quincy’s Strategic Plan, The District and downtown riverfront development.  Most importantly, we want to recognize and thank the Kinscherff family for their generous donation to the College over a decade ago.  We have worked diligently to honor their gift by reviewing various offers that will net the best fair market value for the property.”

The Kinscherff Adult Education and Learning Center was located at 122 North Fifth Street, Quincy, IL.  The College’s GED, English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Education and Retired and Senior Volunteer programs operated in the facility from 2009 to 2017.  The programs are now headquartered at JWCC’s Quincy campus at 48th and Harrison.  JWCC continues to provide access to these services at the Quincy Workforce Service Center in the Illinois Department of Employment Services (IDES) building on North Third Street.

“We are committed to provide accessibility to these vital programs,” Elbe shared.  “JWCC’s priority is to be the community’s partner and leader in education, workforce training and lifelong learning.”  For more information about JWCC’s adult education programs, please visit:  https://www.jwcc.edu/programs/ged-literacy-esl/.

Proceeds from the sale will be placed into an endowed scholarship fund with the JWCC Foundation in honor of the Kinscherff family, who donated the building to JWCC in 2008.

In other business, the board:

  • Authorized submission of a $250,000-$300,000 grant application to the US Department of Labor for Strengthening Community Colleges Training.
  • Authorized submission of a $96,500-$135,500 grant application to the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) for multiple projects.
  • Approved action on the Supplement Agreement to President Elbe’s Employment Agreement.  This completes the President’s performance review for this past year.  

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 21, at 7 p.m. at JWCC’s Quincy campus.


John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today's needs and tomorrow's opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees, certificates, and personal enrichment courses.