From Alaskan Outpost, Judith Kleinfeld Looks Down on Higher Education

Some praise her as a valuable iconoclast; others say she distorts their ideas

Snatching up a yellow legal pad, Judith Kleinfeld carefully sketches the growth of her empire.

"First, I got this," she says, drawing a square to represent her coveted corner office on the University of Alaska campus here, with its breathtaking view of the Alaska Range. Next came the conference room down the hall, devoted to the Northern-studies program, which she directs. Then a computer lab, then