Liberty University announced Thursday it is joining the A-Sun, giving the conference two new schools beginning in the 2018-19 season.
North Alabama had previously announced a move to the A-Sun, which is also losing a member later this year in USC Upstate.
The moves will leave the A-Sun with nine schools, including North Florida and Jacksonville.
Liberty, a private Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Va., will participate in 17 A-Sun sports, but continue to play as an independent at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. The A-Sun does not sponsor football.
The Flames are leaving the Big South Conference, where they've competed since 1991. It's the first time the A-Sun has expanded into Virginia.
"This is a very proud day for the A-Sun as we begin a partnership with the entire Liberty University community," said A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart.
Liberty will likely contend for A-Sun basketball crowns quickly. The Flames were 22-15 last season and reached the Big South Tournament championship game. The Liberty women reached the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
North Alabama will be joining the A-Sun after competing as a member of the Gulf South Conference in Division II. USC Upstate is leaving for the Big South.
Conferences must have at least least seven teams to qualify for an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. The addition of Liberty (effective July 1) and North Alabama gives the A-Sun nine, four from Florida: UNF, JU, Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson.