Israelsen, Craig L
Executive in Residence
Last Updated: 10/24/18 -


Dr. Israelsen holds a Ph.D. in Family Resource Management from Brigham Young University. He received a B.S. in Agribusiness and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Utah State University.

He taught at Brigham Young University for 9 years and at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 14 years. He now teaches FIN 1060 (Personal Finance) and FIN 457R (Investments) as an Executive-in-Residence at Utah Valley University in the Personal Financial Planning Program.

Primary among his research interests is the analysis of mutual funds and the design of investment portfolios. He writes monthly for Financial Planning Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of Indexes and His research has also been published in the Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Asset Management (U.K.), Journal of Performance Measurement, Asia Financial Planning Journal (Singapore), Journal of Family and Economic Issues, and Financial Counseling and Planning.

His research has been cited in the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Forbes, Smart Money Magazine, Kiplinger Retirement Report, Advisor Perspectives, Dow Jones Market Watch, Family Circle Magazine, and Bottom Line Personal.

Dr. Israelsen is also the developer of the 7Twelve Portfolio ( and the author of three books. His most recent book is titled “7Twelve: A Diversified Investment Portfolio with a Plan” (John Wiley & Sons, 2010).

He is married to Tamara Trimble. They have seven children (Sara, Andrew, Heidi, Mark, Nathan, Emma, Jared). Hobbies include running, biking, swimming, woodworking, and family vacations. He has competed in the Boston Marathon 5 times, but has never won.