Penberthy is selected as head of the Department of Health and Physical Education while also serving as Director of Intramural Sports. He is known affectionally as Mr. Penny amongst the students. According to the yearbook in 1944 he is ‘one of the best known and most popular men of the A&M Campus.’ Penberthy went on to make lasting improvements in physical education and intramural athletics. Today, the Texas A&M intramural fields bear his name.