DAA 2020: Owens had a vision for Sac State, Placer County

Scott Owens

Distinguished Service Award

’86 (Criminal Justice)

Retired district lawyer, Placer County


By Dixie Reid

Scott Owens grew up in Meadow Vista, in Placer County. The first time he noticed Sacramento State was as a seventh-grader on a subject journey. He remembers shopping for green-and-gold athletic shorts within the bookstore.

“Those were my favorite shorts for years,” he stated. “I never dreamed that it would be the college I wound up going to.”

Owens, who obtained a 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Sacramento State Alumni Association, transferred to the University from Sierra College in 1984. Because he was a full-time group counselor for the Placer County Probation Department, he often was at Sac State simply lengthy sufficient to attend courses.

“I’ve enjoyed my meetings with Sac State professors, deans, and administrators. They’re so progressive in their thinking, something I didn’t always see in local government.”

“I always felt that I was cheated out of my college experience,” Owens stated. “I wish I could have been more involved, but I had some professors that I came to know and respect, and the Criminal Justice program was phenomenal.”

Owens graduated from Sac State in 1986 and earned his juris physician diploma from McGeorge School of Law in 1989.

He served Placer County for 37 years, together with almost 10 as district lawyer, earlier than retiring early in December 2019 to are likely to household issues. He was named Placer County’s Prosecutor of the Year in 1998.

While district lawyer, Owens “pushed hard” to get a crime lab in Placer County, however the thought was met frequently with resistance, he stated. Then in the future he had lunch with fellow Hornet Holly Tiche ’89 (Business Administration ‒ Accountancy), president of Placer Ranch, Inc.

Tiche’s boss, philanthropist Eli Broad, lately donated 300 acres for the deliberate Sacramento State Placer Center, 28 miles from Sac State’s campus on J Street. The present had been within the works for a few years.

The new tutorial website in one of many state’s fastest-growing counties initially might accommodate as much as 500 full-time college students when accomplished.

Owens instructed Tiche about his dream for a Placer County crime lab.

“She said, ‘What can Sac State do to help?’ ” Owens stated. “It was a super concept that she needed Sac State to be concerned with the crime lab. And what a partnership I knew that may very well be.

“We brainstormed over lunch, and it’s taken years, but it’s on the table as a possibility at Placer Center.”

The constructing to accommodate the Placer County crime lab is anticipated to be one of many first accomplished because the Sacramento State Placer Center begins to take form. Sac State will lease classroom area within the crime lab whereas developing its personal amenities on the website.

“I’ve enjoyed my meetings with Sac State professors, deans, and administrators,” Owens stated. “They’re so progressive in their thinking, something I didn’t always see in local government.”

Owens at present serves on the Placer Advisory Council, which helps the Sac State Placer Center.

In the previous, his civic causes have included Stand Up Placer, which offers providers to survivors of home violence and sexual assault, and the Roseville Police Athletic League.

He additionally was often called the “Barbecuing DA” for the barbecues he held to boost cash for the Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy.

Each 12 months since 1972, the Sacramento State Alumni Association has honored completed alumni and pals of the University with the Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA). This 12 months’s honorees have been acknowledged throughout a digital ceremony on Oct. 15. For extra info, go to the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards web page.