La Mesa resident joins Grossmont College as dean

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

La Mesa resident Dr. Michael Reese has joined Grossmont College as dean of the college’s division of mathematics, natural sciences, exercise science and wellness. The division includes programs in mathematics, astronomy, physics, physical science, biological sciences, chemistry, philosophy of science, geography, geology, oceanography, exercise science and wellness, and health education.

Reese previously served at San Diego Mesa College as chair of the math department since 2010. He joined Mesa’s faculty in 1990 as an assistant professor of mathematics. While at Mesa, Reese served on several campus and district committees, including accreditation, basic skills, diversity, program review, curriculum, research, the institutional review board, instructional technology, distance learning, and the academic senate executive committee. He also served at Mesa as interim dean for the School of Business, Computer Studies and Technologies from 2008 to 2010, providing oversight and development for 11 academic and career technical programs, including work experience and online instruction.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds master’s degrees in mathematics and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in secondary education from Adams State College, and a doctorate in educational technology under a joint program between the University of San Diego and San Diego State University. Reese speaks three languages, including English, Spanish and Portuguese, and has resided and traveled in Latin America, Europe and Asia.