Ellen Lang ’81
Ellen Lang ’81 RN, MPH, received her biology degree from Eastern as a nontraditional student. She has been a registered nurse for more than 35 years and has worked in an array of specialty areas within the field of nursing, with a focus on home health care. Ellen was a practicing home health care nurse as well as the administrator of two home health agencies, and helped to establish the Infectious Disease Clinic of Norwich, CT. She graduated from the William W. Backus Hospital School of Nursing with highest honors and holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Connecticut
Ellen is the Medical Advocacy Consultant for the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in its Connecticut office. Ms. Lang helps to coordinate the center’s advocacy efforts, writes about Medicare home health and related topics, and provides consulting and training services.
Ellen received Eastern’s Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in May 2003. She and her husband, James Watson, also received the ECSU Foundation’s Distinguished Donor Award in 2015. They created the Ellen L. Lang ’81 and James E. Watson, M.D. Endowed Scholarship to support nontraditional students, and are members of Eastern’s Legacy Society.
Ellen’s involvement with Eastern goes far beyond philanthropy. She served as the Alumni Association board president from 1999-2002, and has returned to that role as current board president.
“I’ve marveled at the positive changes that have taken place on campus, and I’m proud of the institution that Eastern has become. Eastern has a very special place in my heart. Even though I was a non-traditional student, Eastern still had a significant impact on my life. I was already a Registered Nurse when I earned a Biology degree from, which paved the way for a Master of Public Health degree. I continued my career in nursing and also started my own business as a wellness and fitness trainer. Eastern enabled my successful career choices.”