Harvard University has appointed a director of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life.

Lisa ‘Lee’ Forest, who is currently the head of the GLTB and Allies Pride Center at Bridgewater State University in Massechusetts, will take up the post in November.

The Harvard Crimson reports that the job was created in April after a students’ group complained that there were not enough resources for LGBT students.

There will be a new LGBT student space on campus with offices for Ms Forest and a graduate assistant.

Ms Forest said in a statement: “This new programme will be a valuable resource for the campus community, and it represents an exciting new chapter in Harvard’s history.

“I am eager to collaborate with Harvard’s outstanding students, faculty, and administrators who have paved the way with an impressive array of BGLTQ-related initiatives, and I look forward to working together toward a shared vision of social justice.”