Hobart College celebrated its founding with the annual Charter Day festivities on Friday, April 12, including an awards presentation and a keynote address from David A. Kaplan ’83, co-founder and CEO of Murge.
One of Hobart’s largest annual celebrations, Charter Day is held each spring to commemorate the granting of Hobart’s charter by the State of New York on April 10, 1822. Hobart students received awards in recognition of their academic achievements, community service and leadership, and new members of the Orange Key, Chimera and Druid societies were honored.
In traditional fashion, deans, students, alums, faculty and staff assembled at 4:15 p.m. on the steps of Coxe Hall. At 4:30 p.m., they proceeded to the flag pole on South Main Street, then to St. John’s Chapel, where the ceremony began at 5 p.m.
Kaplan graduated from Hobart in 1983 with a B.A. in psychology. As a student, he was active with Kappa Sigma fraternity, serving as the chapter’s treasurer. A Dean’s list student, he also served as a representative of the Hobart Student Association (now Hobart Student Government).
He joined Goldman Sachs soon after graduation. In 1989, he moved to the London office and by the early 90s was Executive Director in the Equities Division. In 2000, he was made Partner/Managing Director. After 22 years with Goldman Sachs, he left to join Fulcrum Asset Management, an independent asset management company focused on discretionary asset management for individuals, trusts, endowments and institutions, within their Macro Fund – Semper Macro.
In 2007, Kaplan co-founded PureSolo, which started as a global online music-recording platform, working with clients and collaborators including Coca-Cola, Sony Pictures, The X-Factor, David Guetta, Lisa Stansfield and Mark Knopfler. With an evolving focus on mobile technology, PureSolo rebranded in 2017 to create Murge, which specializes in music and vocal recording technology for use on a wide range of mobile devices.
Kaplan is executive producer of the documentary “The Art of Rap: Something from Nothing” (co-directed by Ice-T and Andy Baybutt), which explores the roots and history of rap and reveals the creative process behind the art form. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
As an alumnus, Kaplan has participated in the HWS “Behind the Scenes” event in New York, speaking with students about careers in media. In 2018, he returned to campus to serve as a judge for The Pitch Contest.
Matthew Fox ’19 delivered the student speech at this year’s Charter Day. A political science major and international relations and entrepreneurial studies double minor, Fox is a member of the Hobart Dean’s Council, Hobart Senate, president of HWS Hillel and was previously vice president of Hobart Student Government. A member of the HWS Debate Team and the Colleges’ investment club, he has served as president of the Residence Hall Association.
“I am so honored to have been chosen to be the student speaker and to participate in this important tradition,” says Fox.