Liberty University logoLYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) _ The president of Liberty University credits his father, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, for laying the foundation for the extraordinary growth of the evangelical Christian university. Located in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains, Liberty now claims more than 100,000 students, with most of that number reflecting distance learners. The younger Jerry Falwell says that makes Liberty the largest university in Virginia. That’s a far cry from the little Baptist college that his father started in Lynchburg in 1971. President Falwell says Liberty’s growth has even surprised him. The university is amid a $500 million campus building boom on its 7,000-plus acre campus. While Falwell is a conservative Christian like his father, he says he’s got enough to handle running Liberty without being a culture warrior like his father.