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Cook retires after 11 years; Muravchick named public safety director

During his first week as Transylvania’s director of public safety in June 2000, Richard Cook took a call from someone who needed access to a room in Poole Hall.

Officer Richard Cook“I hadn’t made it over to the Poole Residence Hall yet, but I knew there was a pool table in the Campus Center Canteen,” Cook recalls. “I was puzzled about what the caller was asking. Did they call the room with the pool table the ‘pool hall’? It took a few minutes to figure it out.”

Cook soon became familiar with all the nooks and crannies of campus. He and his staff of 12 officers, three dispatchers, and two security guards work around the clock, 365 days a year, to keep the area safe. Their most common calls are noise complaints, and their busiest time is 8 p.m.–1 a.m.

“Transylvania is my last hoorah after more than 25 years in law enforcement,” said Cook, who retired in June after 11 years at Transylvania. “It’s a great place to work and I’ll miss it tremendously—especially the people—but I’m looking forward to having some time off and taking a few motorcycle trips.”

Succeeding Cook is Gregg Muravchick, who brings experience with the Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, the Franklin County (Ky.) Sheriff’s Office, and Franklin County Schools.

“I’m very familiar with student life, and I’m anxious to gain the trust and confidence of the Transylvania DPS staff members as well as the students, faculty, and staff,” said Muravchick.

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