New York - In a decision that erased speculation as to any change in leadership at the American Institute of CPAs, the board of the professional membership organization voted 21-1 to extend the term of president and chief executive Barry Melancon through to 2010.

The decision drew some mixed reactions from members, as Melancon, who has held the top post at the 340,000-member group since 1995, has not strayed far from controversy — particularly over the past several years.

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