Making a Difference: Gardner Altman '71
When Gardner Altman '71 attended UNC School of Law more than 40 years ago “the whole philosophy of the law school was service,” he says.
From the professors, who gave up higher paying legal work to serve by teaching, to the idea that law is the cornerstone of a stable society, Altman says service was a fundamental lesson of Carolina Law. A lesson that stuck.
Over the course of four decades he’s served as a board member for at least nine different organizations, including three terms on the Carolina Law Alumni Association board. He’s devoted countless hours to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Campbell University and the Institute of Political Leadership, among others.
He also hosts an annual breakfast on his farm that brings together political leaders from Columbus, Bladen and Cumberland counties to discuss common issues in a bipartisan forum.