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Colby Wright

Professor of Finance,

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Colbrin A. (Colby) Wright is the Associate Chair of the Department of Finance and the Finance Undergraduate Program Director in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. Dr. Wright has primary responsibility for overseeing the undergraduate finance program at the Marriott School – applications, admissions, curriculum, and placement. He also teaches classes in the finance major, the masters of accountancy program, and the executive MBA program.

Dr. Wright graduated with B.S. in Accountancy Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University 2001. He subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Finance from Florida State University in 2007. He was on the faculty at Central Michigan University for five years (2007 – 2012), where he was one of only two finance professors selected by the Princeton Review for inclusion in its inaugural edition of The Best 300 Professors. He has been on faculty at Brigham Young University since 2012, was awarded the 2012 – 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award by the undergraduate finance students, and was recently selected as the winner of the Merrill J. Bateman student choice awards in the Marriott School. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Wright was a CPA for Ernst & Young in its audit division.

Dr. Wright has published numerous peer and editor-reviewed publications. His primary areas of research include exchange-traded notes (ETNs) and behavioral finance. His work has been published in Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of Investing, Journal of Index Investing, and several others. His work has also been cited by Bloomberg, Reuters, Forbes, Money Magazine, and BBC radio, among others.

Selected Publications

  • "Can I Boost My GPA By Taking Online Classes? An Analysis of Online vs Traditional Class Outcomes for Five Finance Courses", Journal of Financial Education, Edition 1, Volume 43, Pages 14-31, 2017


  • Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award, Brigham Young University, 2017
  • Marriott School Merrill J. Bateman Student Choice Award, Marriott School of Business, 2017
  • Dean Fairbanks Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship, Brigham Young University, 2015
  • Marriott School EMBA Outstanding Instructor Award, Marriott School EMBA Program, 2015
  • Merrill J. Bateman Student Choice Award, Brigham Young University Marriott School, 2015


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BYU Citizenship

  • Teaching Committee — Committee/Council Chair — January 2020–0
  • Finance Department Curriculum Committee — Committee/Council Chair — April 2013–0
  • Marriott School Curriculum Committee — Committee/Council Member — April 2013–0

Professional Citizenship

  • Financial Management Association, Conference-Related Role, September 2013–September 2013
  • Financial Management Association, Conference-Related Role, September 2013–September 2013


  • Bounce Financial Training — February 2013–0