Colorado Military Academy Facebook Page



Ruben Cubero had a distinguished military career spanning 37 years as an Air Force Officer, which culminated in his selection to Brigadier General and Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy.  His last seven years in the military were spent formulating Academy core values and a “professional officer ethos,” mentoring cadets and subordinates, and developing an Academy-wide Character Development Program.  Mr. Cubero is a Command Pilot with 6700 flying hours and 243 combat missions in Vietnam.  

After retiring from the Air Force in 1998, Mr. Cubero has executed key roles including the Athletic Director at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, UCCS and the President of the Falcon Foundation, a non-federal entity and 501-(c) 3 organization created to support the United States Air Force Academy’s Admissions process.  In 2012 Mr. Cubero became the President/CEO of Parents Challenge Foundation another 501-(c) 3 that provides low income families with scholarship and grant funding to have their children attend a better performing K-12 school in the Colorado Springs area and has remained on their Board of Directors since retiring.  

Mr. Cubero has a B.S. from the USAF Academy, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. in Higher Education/Admin from the University of Denver. 

Although officially retired, Mr. Cubero is deeply immersed in finding ways to assist homeless veterans in El Paso County obtain medical care, job training and permanently leaving behind homelessness.

Eric J. Tucker, PhD Member

Robert Applegate, PhD:  Secretary & Treasurer

Eric J. Tucker, PhD; Member

Robert Applegate, PhD

Secretary & Treasurer

Eric Tucker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at the United States Air Force Academy.  He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Systems from the University of Central Florida in August 2010. He received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy (1994), M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from Oklahoma State University (2002) and a M.A. in National Defense and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (2007). Eric is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and has been on the faculty of the United States Air Force Academy for eight years and was on the faculty of the University of Denver for two years. His current research involves the improvement of organizational performance management systems using analytics.

Joyce Schuck:  Chair

Ruben Cubero, PhD:  Member

Douglas J. Murray, PhD
Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.), 


Brigadier General Douglas J. Murray, United States Air Force (Retired) assumed the responsibilities of Dean of Academics and Chief Academic Officer,

New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), 1 April 2007. In this capacity, he oversees a unique learning institution that fully integrates secondary and post-secondary education. NMMI has received the highest level accreditation for its College Preparatory High School by AdvancED and its Junior College by the North Central Higher Learning Commission. General Murray's distinguished nearly 42 year Air Force career in education, administration, leadership and management began with his graduation in 1965 from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) (government, economics, and history).In 1970, he received his Master of Arts degree in government, history, and anthropology, from the Institute of Latin American Studies, at the University of Texas at Austin. He then completed his Doctor of Philosophy in international relations, comparative politics, and defense policy, in 1979, from the Graduate School of Government, at the University of Texas at Austin.

General Murray came to NMMI from the United States Air Force Academy where he served in a Presidential appointment as one of only 21 Permanent Professors in the Air Force. At USAFA, he held positions as Chairman of the Social Sciences Division, Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science and Vice Dean. As the Division Chairman, (the Service Academy position equivalent to a civilian university/college Dean) he oversaw, represented, and coordinated the five departments that comprise the division: Behavioral Sciences, Economics & Geography, Law, Management, and Political Science. As Permanent Professor and Head of Political Science, he commanded a department of 30 military personnel and high-ranking civilians, and was responsible for all curriculum, personnel, budget, research, and long-range planning. In addition, he was a member of the Academy's major governing board, Chairman of the Graduate Studies Committee which oversees graduate programs for cadets, and the Chair of the Faculty Personnel Council that conducts the faculty academic

promotion system.

General Murray entered the Air Force in 1965 as a Distinguished ROTC Graduate from Georgetown University. He served as a Titan II missile combat crew member and an intelligence officer in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Later, at the Air Force Academy, he was selected as the Vice Dean of the Faculty similar to the Deputy Provost at a civilian university. At the Pentagon he was the Deputy Chief of the Secretary of the Air Force Staff Group during part of the Carter and Reagan Administrations and worked with elements of the Reagan transition team. He also served as the chief of the Policy and Plans Division chief at Headquarters United States European Command, Vaihingen, Germany, during the Bosnian conflict. In that role, he was responsible for developing one of the first post-cold war Planning, Programming, and Budget Systems that was adopted throughout the European Theater. He chaired the strategic planning staff of the Air Force Education and Training Review Council, responsible for drafting the first Air Force-wide education and training strategic plan. He co-chaired the Dean of the Faculty’s Strategic Working Group, responsible in part for developing the USAFA capabilities-based strategic planning system and established the Dwight David Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies.  He is currently USAFA Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of the Eisenhower Center. He has more than 30 years of educational experience at the secondary and post-secondary levels. He currently is a Peer Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission that is the largest of the six post-secondary accrediting agencies accrediting over 1,000 colleges and universities.

During his nearly 12 years as the Chief Academic Officer at NMMI, he led a campus-wide effort to draft a strategic planning system and most recently a new Vision for the school. At the request of the Governor of New Mexico, he drafted and negotiated an agreement between NMMI and the Mexico State of Sonora, an agreement that has since been the basis for similar agreements by other New Mexico Universities. His current focus is to establish NMMI as a Global Military School for Leadership Development. To achieve that goal, he has been working with education and government organizations in the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, and several states in Mexico.

His other notable achievements include membership on the Council on Foreign Relations, Academic Associate to the Atlantic Council of the United States, Pi Sigma Alpha, National Honorary Society in Political Science, twice named Outstanding Young Man of America, graduate of the National War College Class of 1984, recipient of the Excalibur Award from Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, and he is author/editor of books, articles and studies on national security and Canadian defense policy.

His major awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, and the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster.

General Murray was married to the former Cathy Enright for nearly fifty years before her passing in 2013. They have two sons, one daughter, and seven grandchildren.

Joyce Schuck is an author living in Colorado Springs and is currently serving on the boards of the Colorado League of Charter Schools, Parents Challenge, Youth Transformation Center and Colorado Military Academy. Ms. Schuck also served on the board of the Colorado Charter School Institute.

A graduate of Loretto Heights College with a major in Human Services and Counseling, Ms. Schuck and her husband Steve Schuck founded Parents Challenge in 2000 when they saw the need in the most ailing school districts in Colorado Springs. Parents Challenge provides a  Parent Empowerment Program and scholarships to families who qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. The scholarships help low-income families in the areas of home school curricula and materials, public school tutoring, transportation to another public school, and private school tuition. 

Ms. Schuck co-founded Community Transitions in Colorado Springs, served as the Vice President of the Community Council of Pikes Peak Region, helped coordinate the El Paso County Shape Up Program, designed programs for Pikes Peak Community College, 4th Judicial District DA’s Office, and was Vice President of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Ms. Schuck is a recipient of the Colorado Springs Mayor’s award for Civic Leadership.  


To contact the Board of Directors:

Ruben Cubero , PhD


Joyce Schuck


Robert Applegate is a research scientist and analyst who currently serves on multiple Boards of Directors. Professionally, Mr. Applegate oversees and instructs individuals in scientific and/or business environments utilizing skills developed through a career performing research and design in academic, governmental, and commercial settings.  

In addition to Colorado Military Academy's board, Dr. Applegate is a key contributor to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Think360 Arts for Education, Plains Conservation Center and various start up company Scientific Advisory Boards.  Dr Applegate has also served on the Board of Golden Schools Foundation and the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association, as well as on the Advisory Board for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. 

Dr. Applegate has a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines and from the same school, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics.

Douglas J. Murray, PhD; Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.); Member