George Andrew Christenberry was born in Macon, Georgia, but grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, where received his B.S. from Furman University. He earned his M.A. in 1938 and Ph.D. in 1940 in biology and physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1940 to 1943, he was a professor of biology at Meredith College in North Carolina. Christenberry was also the head of the biology department during his time at that institution.
He left Meredith College for Furman University, where he became involved in the war effort by teaching physics to those in the Cadet Training program of the Army Air Corps. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater. Christenberry returned to his post at Furman in 1946, and he soon became a biology professor as well as Dean of the Menís College. He left in 1953 to serve as President at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, but he returned to Furman in 1958 as an administrator and remained until 1961.
In 1970, he was appointed president of Augusta State University and served until his retirement in 1986. In honor of Christenberry being one of the founders and presidents (1983-1986) of the Big South Conference, the prestigious George A. Christenberry award is given to academically qualified student-athletes at member institutions of the Big South Conference. He died in April 2009 in Augusta, Georgia.
Sources: The Augusta Chronicle