Great Grads: Cody Burk ’91
Cody Burk’s relationship with UALR began in 1987, and his collegiate experience cumulated in 1991 having earned a B.A. in criminal justice. Choosing the metropolitan University proved to be valuable for his career and his personal life.
Over the last 15 years, he has worked in a variety of roles from narcotics detective to homicide to patrol at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and is currently the supervisor over the traffic safety unit. “The education that I received from UALR has been very beneficial to my career at the sheriff’s office. It played a major role in my promotion to sergeant a few years ago,” Burk said. “The criminal justice program gives you a good complete picture of the criminal justice system, particularly the importance of prevention, intervention and treatment programs. It is better to rebuild a person than have that person return back to a life of crime,” he added.
Burk initially got involved with the Alumni Association because several of his co-workers had participated in the organization’s activities, and he thought it was “a good way to get back in touch with the University.” Through this affiliation, Burk serves as president of the Criminal Justice Society, which gives him the opportunity to reconnect with criminal justice majors. The chapter conducts two annual events—a cookout in the spring and a fish fry in the fall— with former criminal justice students.
It was also at UALR that Burk met his wife, Stasia, who was a Donaghey Scholar and attended the Bowen School of Law. She works for the state Administrative Office of the Courts representing children in foster care. The Burk family includes twin boys, Doug and Cade, who are 3. They reside in Little Rock and attend Second Baptist Church downtown.